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Playing with Poetry: Creative Writing and Poetics
Get creative with a playful and practical exploration of poetry
Poetry often has the reputation of being an abstract and complicated form of expression, guarded by the pretentious elite.
On this three-week course, you’ll discover the fun and value that can be found in writing your own poetry.
This practical and hands-on course gives you the opportunity to learn the common rules of poetry and then decide how best to turn those rules into an enjoyable creative writing experience.
Explore different techniques such as lineation
What is the effect of rhythm and rhyme on a poem? Does it matter where we decide to start a new line? How do we make use of the power of the lyric? On the course, you’ll explore these questions and learn how to answer them with confidence.
You’ll cover topics such as the basics of poetry, lineation, creative writing, and lyric poetry to gain a comprehensive understanding of the techniques and theories used to shape a poem.
Build your confidence alongside experts
This course will equip you with the knowledge needed to start writing poetry as well as showing you the fun and creative side of poetics.
Learning from David Musgrave, poet, and teacher of Creative Writing and English literature at the University of Newcastle, you’ll finish the course with the skills and confidence to unleash your inner poet.
- The basics of poetry
- Lyric poetry
Date to be announced
Learning on this course
You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Identify a range of different forms of poetry.
- Discuss key techniques involved in shaping a poem.
- Evaluate the poetic ideas and theories which inform particular kinds of poetry.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone interested in poetry.
It will be of particular interest if you want to build your understanding of poetry and creative writing.
Who developed the course?
The University of Newcastle is a world-class university distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Ranked in Australia’s Top 10 universities, and 197th in the world (QS rankings, 2021).
World rankingTop 200Source: QS World University Rankings 2021
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