Winter Warmer – Reading Wallace Stevens




Sunday 13 January 2019 from 14.30pm to 16:30pm

I placed a jar in Tennessee,
And round it was, upon a hill.
It made the slovenly wilderness
Surround that hill.

The wilderness rose up to it,
And sprawled around, no longer wild.
The jar was round upon the ground
And tall and of a port in air.

It took dominion everywhere.
The jar was gray and bare.
It did not give of bird or bush,
Like nothing else in Tennessee.

*Taken from Anecdote of a Jar by Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens is perhaps best known for his collection Harmonium, described by many as the best debut collection a poet has ever produced. He is a master of style, precision and language.

Respected literary critic Harold Boom called Wallace “the best and most representative American poet of our time.”

This masterclass will look at why he is great and how his writing has survived the test of time. In particular we will investigate his musicality and voice. We will learn how to break up a poem into the bricks it was made from and take an analytical approach to reading his work.

We will also look at the works of Marianne Moore and William Carlos Williams.
This masterclass will focus on a sample of his work rather than all of it.

Topics Covered

*Why Williams is a great writer
*The musicality in his work
*William’s life
*How to read a poem closely and be an intelligent reader

On the day, we will:

*Discuss and debate what poetry is
*Closely analyse William’s poetry
*Learn how the best writers write