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Exploring eighteenth century poetry

Starts: 10.30-11.30am Monday 20th July

Ends: 10.30-11.30am Monday 21st Sept

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Do you enjoy history, poetry and creative writing?

Do you like to come to your own conclusions rather than being told what to think?

Do you want to share an exciting, thought-provoking learning experience with other like-minded people?

This course might be just what you’re looking for.

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During our ten weeks together, we’ll be reading and discussing some of the most iconic and thought-provoking poems of the eighteenth century.

Beginning with ‘The Tyger’ by William Blake, each week will consist of a reading, a chance for everyone to share their ideas and a ten-minute slot for everyone to write a response to the poem. You can then choose whether or not to share your written work with the group.

Besides from discussing the ideas and themes contained within the poems, you’ll learn (or revise) a variety of rhythms, rhyme schemes and poetic forms as well as getting a sense of what it meant to be an eighteenth century poet.

In the future, I will also be running similar courses based on seventeenth, nineteenth and twentieth century poetry.

Currently, all courses are taking place on Zoom. I will be holding regular practice sessions so that you can get used to the system before signing up for a course. (Let me know if you want to book a session)

The course costs £50 for ten one-hour sessions and is payable by direct debit or cheque.

For more information, email suffolkwritersgroup.com.

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Suffolk Writers Group at work and play.

Here is some of the lovely feedback I received about the last course.

‘This course has been great fun giving me the experience to return to poetry and fully appreciate it.  When I was at school the teacher hated poetry so I never went back to it. I have learnt so much in a relaxed and informative way.  We were all at different levels but it did not matter everyone was so friendly.   Thank you Mai for a great experience.  I look forward to the next one.’ – Jacqui Martin

‘All I can say is thank goodness for lockdown. Without it I’d never have found this lovely group. Mai is great – I’ve learnt so much in such a short length of time.’ – Sue Dale

‘Brilliant insightful course, rediscovering the beauty of language.’ – Ian Speed

‘It’s such a supportive group and Mai does such a great job in keeping us motivated.’ – Ian Hartley

Poems for Discussion and Inspiration

The Tyger – William Blake

A Hymn to the Moon – Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

O My Luve is Like a Red, Red Rose – Robert Burns

To a Mouse – Robert Burns

On Being Brought from Africa to Amercia – Phillis Wheatley

Written for my Son..upon his Master’s First Bringing in a Rod – Mary Barber

The Poetry and Philosophy of Alexander Pope

We are Seven – William Wordsworth

Own choice of poems and Poetry Quiz

I’m truly sorry Man’s dominion
Has broken Nature’s social union

– Robert Burns

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Exploring nineteenth century poetry

During this ten-week course, we’ll be reading and discussing some of the most iconic British poems of the nineteenth century.

Beginning with Daffodils by William Wordsworth, each week will consist of a reading, a chance for everyone to share their ideas and a ten-minute slot for everyone to write a response to the poem. You can then choose whether or not to share your written work with the group.

You’ll learn (or revise) a variety of rhythms, rhyme schemes and poetic forms as well as getting a sense of what it meant to be a nineteenth century poet.

In the future, I will also be running similar courses based on seventeenth, eighteenth and twentieth century poetry.

Currently, all courses are taking place on Zoom. I will be holding regular practice sessions so that you can get used to the system before signing up for a course.

The course costs £50 for ten one-hour sessions and is payable by direct debit or cheque.

I am intending to run this course from 10.30-11.30am on Thursdays, starting in early July but let me know if you can’t make that day/time as I currently have a degree of flexibility.

For more information, please email me at suffolkwritersgroup@gmail.com.

John Keats

Here is some of the lovely feedback I received about the last course.

‘This course has been great fun giving me the experience to return to poetry and fully appreciate it.  When I was at school the teacher hated poetry so I never went back to it. I have learnt so much in a relaxed and informative way.  We were all at different levels but it did not matter everyone was so friendly.   Thank you Mai for a great experience.  I look forward to the next one.’ – Jacqui Martin

‘All I can say is thank goodness for lockdown. Without it I’d never have found this lovely group. Mai is great – I’ve learnt so much in such a short length of time.’ – Sue Dale

‘Brilliant insightful course, rediscovering the beauty of language.’ – Ian Speed

‘It’s such a supportive group and Mai does such a great job in keeping us motivated.’ – Ian Hartley

Poems for Discussion and Inspiration

1807 – ‘Daffodils’ by William Wordsworth 

1820 – Ode To Autumn by John Keats (27th April)

1842 – The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson

1850 – How Do I Love Thee?  – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

(Own choice of poems)

1862 – Remember by Christina Rossetti

1871 – The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

1885 – From a Railway Carriage by Robert Louis Stevenson

1890 – The Lake Isle of Innisfree – WB Yeats

Own choice of poem and Poetry Quiz

Suffolk Writers Group at work and play

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