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We offer the Year-long Poetry Course at three levels: 

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. 

 

Each course comprises three core eight-week terms and two satellite courses per term in the first and second terms, with a practical assessment  of your poetry in the final term. 

Beginner Year-long Course: A year-long poetry course that examines text, voice and imagination in direct relation to composition: What does it mean to read poetry? What does it mean to write poetry? This beginner's level is for those who are new to either reading or writing poetry. We will establish the differences between poetry and prose and guide you through the basics of prosody, including metre, rhyme, assonance, sibilance, line breaks as well as the many different forms poetry can take. You will learn not only the technical elements of poetry, but understand them within the historical and critical context. You will familiarise yourself with the tradition of Western poetry, as well as be introduced to some work in the Eastern tradition, and gain a better understanding of the canon. You will build up poems as you progress through the course and will be offered quarterly publication in the OSP Review, our online poetry journal. The course comprises three core eight-week terms and two satellite courses per term in the first and second terms, with an assessment of your poems in the final term.

Intermediate Year-long Course: This is for those who are already with familiar with reading poetry and have perhaps written some of their own verse. You will be familiar with the canon and some of the terms described above, but unsure how to utilise form or expand on it. On this course, we will introduce you to more experimental forms, alternative cultural modes of expression from traditions outside the canon and more obscure or contemporary works of poetry, to hone and polish your individual voice. You will build a small collection or pamphlet as you progress through the course and will be offered quarterly publication in the OSP Review, our online poetry journal. Again, the technical aspects of prosody will be contextualised by critical and historical frameworks. The course comprises three core eight-week terms and two satellite courses per term in the first and second terms, with a manuscript assessment in the final term.

 

Advanced Year-long Course: We will be excavating inner and outer voice for a full collection evolved for the end of the year. You will already be conversant with the canon,  poetry that sits outside of the canon and be aware of lesser-known and mainstream modern and contemporary poets.  You may have substantial experience writing poetry and in publishing your work.  At this level, we will be exploring more complex techniques and refining your existing skills to the highest possible level. You will build a substantial collection as you progress through the course and will be offered quarterly publication in the OSP Review, our online poetry journal.This is the ideal course for someone who already has a Literature or Creative Writing degree, or an equivalent knowledge and enthusiasm for these subjects, and/or a strong publication history in poetry or prose. The course comprises three core eight-week terms and two satellite courses per term in the first and second terms, with a manuscript assessment in the final term.

 

There is a discount of £300 available to those wishing to progress through each level across three years and this is available in three yearly payments of £1700. 

 

When you book this course, we will contact you to ask which level you think the most appropriate for you and when you would like to begin. 

 

Please email: oxfordschoolofpoetry@gmail.com for more information.

 

 

YEAR-LONG POETRY COURSES

£1,800.00Price
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