Writing styles and techniques in modern poetry (for adults)


19 September 2015 (Sat)
2.00pm - 6.00pm

Course Fee: $45.00
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $2.38

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Modern Poetry, like modern music has embraced new media, easily accessible on podcasts that can be streamed online or downloaded on portable media players. Yet modern poetry as a genre remains elusive because of its inherent complexity. 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 modern poetry. It will cast light on how modern poetry, contextualises the contemporary themes of war, terrorism, environmentalism and globalisation.

Keeping this as the main premise, participants will acquire writing techniques used in modern poetry. Some of the poetry stalwarts of the time would be introduced, their art critically interpreted with an aim to understand their literary styles. Through a number of hands-on exercises and an actual session of writing, participants will be able to familiarise themselves with a range of writing styles and techniques spanning from T S Eliot who in effect started the modern movement in the 1920s to Maya Angelou who passed away as recently as in 2014. Literary techniques would include looking at the poets’ choice of imagery, development of plot, use of poetic diction and stanzaic form which lend structure and contribute to the mood of the piece.


  • 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 technique 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 themes in Maya Angelou’s poetry and how the poet contextualised the modern world
  • A practical session of writing Contemporary Poetry
  • Critique and Reflection on the experience

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