Knowing how poems are made is a help in knowing how to read them: the ideal experience of reading a poem is, in many respects, close to the experience of writing it: one goes through uncertainty, flashes of perception, small satisfactions, puzzlement, understanding, surprise. A reader who knows how poetry is made has a better chance of responding to what is there. - Kenneth Koch
I'm really looking forward to getting my 'Appreciation of Poetry' course started in just over a fortnight, on Wednesday, 5 October. Themes will include: ways of understanding and reading a poem; how poetry is made; the sonnet; the villanelle and forms of rhyme; poetry in free verse; language and vision in ekphrasis; the haiku; image, nature and description; common things: poetry of the antipoetic and spoken word. We'll explore the work of the poets below as well as RS Thomas, Wendy Cope, Patrick Kavanagh, Lucille Clifton, Sylvia Plath & Bronwyn Lea. Only a few days left to register (before 28 September)! Contact Berna Morgan, Adult Education, NUI Galway, Nuns Island, firstname.lastname@example.org, 091-494055 for further information and see page 10 of the Short Courses booklet: http://www.nuigalway.ie/…/fil…/Short-Courses-Series-2016.pdf See also my last post with full details.