Full course description
Falling in love with poetry is easy! If you’ve ever found poetry hard to read or thought it out of your reach, then this course is for you. The course will delve into how poems are constructed and what techniques are used, so students will be able to deconstruct a poem and see the beauty within. Find out how poetry can teach us about human emotion, and so much more. Students will read a wide range of poems from poets from different countries, eras and each with a different style. Some of the topics that will be covered are: tone, symbolism, imagery, and structure. So, students will read free-verse to sonnets and will even have a chance to practice writing their own verses, if they choose to. The course will introduce the students to the work of over 30 poets, including, Heaney, Shakespeare, Mary O’ Donnell, Louise Gluck, Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe, Yeats, Longley, Plath, Bishop, and Maya Angelou, as well as new and upcoming Irish writers.
This course will take place 27 September to 15 November between 10:30- 12:30pm Tuesday Mornings.
Location- Online via Microsoft Teams
Week 1: Introduction and foundations
Week 2: Free-verse poems
Week 3: Sonnets
Week 4: Poetic techniques (line breaks, symbolism, etc)
Week 5: Irish poetry + poems
Week 6: Global Poetry
Week 7: Reading and writing
Week 8: Your favourite poems
Dr. Patrick Holloway is a writer of poems and stories. He is the editor of The Four Faced Liar, a Cork-based literary journal. He is the 2021 winner of the Molly Keane Creative Writing Competition, The Allingham Flash Fiction Competition, and the Flash 500 competition. He was a finalist for the C. P Cavafy Prize in 2021. His work has been published by The Stinging Fly, Carve, Overland, The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, The Moth, Southword, among many others. His story, 'Laughing and Turning Away' won second place in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. He has been shortlisted for numerous other prizes including: Bath Short Story Prize, Moth Poetry Prize, Moth Short Story Prize, Bath Flash Fiction Prize, Dermot Healy Poetry Prize, Over The Edge New Writer of the Year Award (for both fiction and poetry) and the prestigious Alpine Fellowship for Fiction.