Marvelous metre


Limited to 14 people only. 2.5hrs long with a short break.

£27GBP // $55AUD (plus Eventbrite fee )

UK 10am

Western Australia 5pm

Australian EST 7pm

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Online on Zoom

Understanding Poetic Metre with Cath Drake

Thursday 27th May, 2021

To enrol – go to EVENTBRITE or contact me (if you’re an Aussie & I can give you an alternative to Eventbrite).

Rhythm is a crucial component in poetry and metre is a vital tool in the poet’s toolbox.

And even if you don’t want to write in metre, understanding and hearing metre, enhances the writing and reading of poetry.

We’ll cover the foundations of poetic metre: the main kinds of metre, focusing in particular on accentual-syllabic metre (such as iambic pentameter).

Learn how to scan a poem for its metre and hone your poet’s ear. We’ll also try our hand at writing in metre too.

This is an introduction for those new to poetic metre or those who want a refresher.

Free verse teetotallers innocently imagine that metrics is an abstract, intellectual enterprise. For most young poets, however, studying prosody proves an intoxicating experience, a debauchery of verbal dance and music. Dana Gioia, The Hudson Review

Poetry’s only crucial attribute is rhythm. This is its heartbeat. It makes it memorable. If the rhythm falters then poem dies of heart-failure. Michael Longely, Poetry Ireland Review

 Cath Drake teaches Mimi Khalvati’s approach to poetic metre. Her collection ‘The Shaking City’ (Seren Books), highly commended in the 2020 Forward Prizes, follows ‘Sleeping with Rivers’ which won the Seren/Mslexia poetry pamphlet prize and was a Poetry Book Society choice.

DETAILS TO COME… on a second workshop

Advanced metre with Annie Finch

Limited to 14 people only. 2.5hrs long with a short break. Cost and date/timing to come.

American, Annie Finch is one of the world’s most knowledgeable experts on metre. Her incredible knowledge is only rivalled by her inspiring passion for metre.

This workshop is for those who already know the basics of metre and want to reach further into its richness. Deep dive with Annie into discussion and analysis of the scansion and metre of great poems and their context.

To approach a poem by means of a thorough, attentive scansion yields depths, complexities, and intersections of form and meaning that are not otherwise apparent. Listening with skilled awareness to a great poem’s meter can carry us beyond the surface of language into a state of wordless, intimate, and sometimes awed understanding. Annie Finch

Online on Zoom

This workshop is for those who know basic metre and scansion (although Annie will recap the basics briefly).

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