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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 course. When you choose to buy this course, please contact us after purchase to arrange a time to begin which suits you: The first assignment is immediately available to you as a PDF and you can choose between annotated responses to your poems sent to you via email or live discussion via google hangouts.

Travelling the Alphabet of Trees

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