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Teaching Literary Styles through Modern Poetry


2 May 2016 (Mon)
9:30am – 2:30pm

Course Fee: $45.00
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $2.38

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The word, 'poetry' may give students a ‘brain freeze’ and the thought of analysing poetry may incite a groan! If you are an English or a Literature teacher, you would understand what this means! 

Here is a workshop which will help you teach poetry-analysis to young students. This workshop is also for you if you are a Humanities student or a poetry-enthusiast and would like to get a better grip on contemporary poetry.


Put together with the intent of ‘unscrambling’ contemporary poetry, the workshop will

  • help participants focus on the poets’ word choice, sentence structure, figurative language, and sentence arrangement which work together to establish mood and meaning in the text.
  • introduce some of the poetry stalwarts of the time including older, canonical Western poets and contemporary Asian voices (the list is long from Shakespeare to Seamus Heaney and includes Yeats, Siegfried Sassoon, Emily Dickinson, Pablo Neruda, Sylvia Plath, Edwin Thumboo, Arthur Yap, Pooja Nansi…) - their art will be critically interpreted with an aim to understand their literary styles as well as themes of love, war, loss and multiple identities which populate modern poetry.
  • allow participants to acquire tools and techniques for effectively communicating critical responses to literary texts.
  • through a number of hands-on exercises and an actual session of writing, allow participants  to familiarise themselves with a range of writing styles and techniques, including the poets’ choice of imagery, development of plot, use of poetic diction and stanzaic form which lend structure to the piece.

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Registration Details

Kinokuniya Privilege Card Members

Kinokuniya Privilege card members can enjoy 10% off the workshop fee.
Please provide your membership number and workshop title to [email protected] for the discount code before online registration.

Minimum – Maximum Number of Participants: 15 – 30 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.