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'Midway upon the journey of our life

  I found myself within a forest dark,

  For the straightforward pathway had been lost.' - Dante Alighieri


   Taking the Gaelic alphabet of trees as a starting point, this course examines 'the tree' as metaphor, image and theme, using Robert Graves' 'The White Goddess' and other obscure Celtic texts, we will be walking through the forest of imagination, where trees bristle with ancient druidic meaning and creak in a language of lost poetry. Oak, ash, pine and holly; apple, poplar, yew and aspen. These are the trees that forested Dante's path.


This is a three week online course. When you choose to buy this course, we will contact you after purchase to arrange a time to begin which suits you. You can choose between annotated responses to your poems sent to you via email, or live discussion via google hangouts (a gmail email is free and easy to sign up for).

Travelling the Alphabet of Trees

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