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Appreciating contemporary poetry


31 January 2015 (Sat)
9am - 6pm

Course Fee: $45.00
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $2.38

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T S Eliot while speaking of the “buried life” of his poetry had mentioned the various occluded selves which he explored in his writing – the hidden motives, the previous incarnations and the power of the irrational. This workshop will untangle some of this “buried life” of contemporary poetry.

The workshop will equip participants with the necessary tools for appreciating and writing contemporary poetry. It will cast some light on how cotemporary poetry, along with the classic themes of pain, loss, beauty, love which have long dominated the world of art, straddles recognisable issues of contemporary interest (war, terrorism, environmentalism and globalisation etc).

This workshop will consist of two sessions of four hours each. The first session will be from 9am- 1pm with a lunch break from 1pm - 2pm. The second continuous session will be from 2pm- 6pm.


  • A basic understanding of the sense, structure and recurrent themes present in contemporary poetry
  • Where it all started – T S Eliot and The Waste Land (1922), the intellectual process of his creativity and the concept of objective correlative
  • Analysing an important strand of modernism, Ezra Pound and the concept of Imagism, the need to express in precise visual images without excess verbiage
  • An introduction to the submarine world of myth, mysticism and alchemy in Ted Hughes’s poetry
  • Why did the caged bird sing? Looking at the presence of contemporary issues in Maya Angelou’s poetry
  • A practical session of writing contemporary poetry
  • Critique and reflection on the experience

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Registration Details

Minimum – Maximum Number of Participants: 10 – 25 pax

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation, two weeks before the workshop date.

Cancellation & Substitution

The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to five (5) working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Participants can also attend another course at the same value within the same year.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.