How To Make A Poem

FutureLearn How To Make A Poem

Platform
FutureLearn
Provider
Manchester Metropolitan University
Effort
3 hours/week
Length
3 weeks
Language
English
Credentials
Paid Certificate Available
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Overview
Discover the power of poetry, and learn to write your own
This course explores what inspires poetry, how we write poems and how to tell when your poem is finished.

Whether you’ve never written a poem before, or you‘ve been secretly writing away for some years, this course provides a positive environment in which to begin writing and to share your work with others.

The course follows the story of a poem from start to end, guiding you through the process of writing your own work step by step.

To help us, we will be hearing from poets across world and throughout history, learning from the advice they have given others.

This course is for anyone who wants to write poetry, you don’t need any past experience.

What topics will you cover?
On this course we will be asking questions such as:
  • Where do you get your ideas for new poems?
  • What choices go into writing a poem?
  • How do you know when a poem is finished?
We will also be considering different poetic forms such as found poetry, the cento, sonnets, free verse, ghazal, as well as things to help you make formal choices such as line breaks, metre, rhyme, and rhythm. As well a developing your writing skills we will think about developing your inner editor and how to support others in writing their work in a poetry workshop.

Taught by
Michael Symmons Roberts
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FutureLearn
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