Winter Warmer – Writing Love Poetry – Saturday 9 February 2019




Saturday 9 February 2019 from 11.30am to 17:00

I cry your mercy—pity—love! Aye, love!
Merciful love that tantalizes not,
One-thoughted, never-wandering, guileless love,
Unmasked, and being seen—without a blot!
O! let me have thee whole,—all—all—be mine!
That shape, that fairness, that sweet minor zest
Of love, your kiss,—those hands, those eyes divine,
That warm, white, lucent, million-pleasured breast,—
Yourself—your soul—in pity give me all,
Withhold no atom’s atom or I die,
Or living on perhaps, your wretched thrall,
Forget, in the mist of idle misery,
Life’s purposes,—the palate of my mind
Losing its gust, and my ambition blind!

*From To Fanny By John Keats

As Valentine’s Day approaches, love becomes a common theme permeating
all aspects of life, from heart-shaped candies and flowers, to
Valentine’s Day cards and of course, the heart-felt, handwritten love
poem. Why not add your writing flair to the world’s collection of
emotive love poetry that stirs not only the heart, but the soul?
This workshop will focus on some of the best love poems ever written, as well as the most famous.

The class will examine the writing styles and nuances of each author on
the subject of love and their expression of sentiments in their poetry.
T.S. Eliot once said, “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad
poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something
better, or at least something different.” We will look, then, at what we
can steal from the masters and how to transform those elements into
something new to create unique, flourishing love poems of our own. From
Shakespeare to Walt Whitman to Christina Rossetti, many a poet has made
their mark – or at least tried to – on the age-old structure of the love
poem. Now it is your turn.

The workshop focuses on the creation of new material as well as honing
your writing skills and participants will come away with a small body of
creative work (3 first drafts.) There is a limited number of places
available to ensure that the tutor has ample time to assist each and
everyone taking part. All levels of writers are welcome.

Topics Covered

*What is a good love poem
*How to use objects we own to create poetry
*How to overcome cliché
*How to find inspiration
*How to borrow from other writers
*How to find your muse
*How to use mindfulness to create poetry

On the day, we will:

*Write three poems of our own
*Discuss what we can learn from the master writers
*Read our work out in a supportive and friendly environment

*You will leave the workshop with a meaningful insight into the structure and techniques of the examples of great writing as well as a confident ability to create meaningful work of this genre. You will also leave with a body of work that you can build on after the session.

*Coffee and tea will be provided on the day!