What Makes A Great Poem? Imagination and Inspiration in Poetry with Charlotte Moore - Context Travel

What Makes A Great Poem? Imagination and Inspiration in Poetry with Charlotte Moore


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Why do some poems resonate in the individual and collective consciousness when many thousands of others fall by the wayside? This seminar examines the special ingredients making up those poems that so triumphantly withstand the test of time.

Poets have often been regarded as possessing almost supernatural powers. In this session, we’ll be considering the poet as a visionary and poetry as a conduit for imaginative adventures leading us beyond our standard range. I will discuss dreams, revelations, hauntings, and out-of-body experiences brought to us by four great and widely differing poets.

This is the second in a four-part series. In each session, we will discuss four poems, thematically linked, all written in English, spanning five centuries. We will place each poem in its historical and biographical context, then explain why they are regarded as "great.” We will talk about vocabulary, subject matter, imagery, structure, rhyme or its absence, rhythm, word order, and more. The aim is to enhance enjoyment, appreciation, and emotional and aesthetic response to poetry without being academic. Participants with knowledge and no knowledge of poetry are equally welcome to attend!

The English language has a huge vocabulary, fed through the centuries by the languages and dialects of the conquerors and the conquered. This makes it a fertile seedbed for poetry- indeed, our poetic heritage is unrivaled, and it influences us more than we realize. As one of the featured poets, Shelley, put it, "poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.”

Led by a writer and expert on English literature, Charlotte Moore, this interactive seminar will explore poetry in many of its forms. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of many classic poems and why they are considered “great.”

Chosen poems for this session:

  • Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • I Felt A Funeral In My Brain by Emily Dickinson
  • The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • The Voice by Thomas Hardy

  • Participants will be provided with a handout of each poem before the session.

    This conversation is part of a four-part series on poetry with Charlotte Moore. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of a four-week series.

      Charlotte Moore has loved poetry ever since she can remember. After reading English Literature at Oxford University, she taught in schools before becoming a writer and journalist. She has published four novels, four historical books for children, George and Sam, a memoir of family life with her autistic sons, and Hancox: A House and a Family, a social history based on her 500-year-old house in rural Sussex, England. Her most recent book is The Magic Hour: 100 Poems From The Tuesday Afternoon Poetry Club, an anthology based on the poetry discussion group she runs. She has written widely for newspapers and magazines. She is an experienced speaker at conferences and literary festivals.

      This conversation is suitable for all ages

      90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

      Customer Reviews

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      Both of the seminars I've taken in this series have been a wonderful way to spend an hour and a half. Decades ago I studied English Literature at university and this course was a wonderful way to reacquaint myself with English poetry. Dr. Moore's discussion of the poems was thoroughly helpful and fascinating.

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      C.
      Loved this talk!

      Charlotte Moore brought these four poems alive for me. Her insight into what makes these poems wonderful was very enlightening. Just a great session.

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      S.R.
      The Voice

      This was the second class I took with Charlotte Moore. I plan to take the next two, and will take more if they are scheduled. I have gained confidence in my ability to read poetry and am reading more of it.

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      M.

      Wonderful presenter who brings poems to light in a way that allows us to experience them both in their historical context, and also emotionally in the present. Highly recommended for any poetry lover!

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      E.
      Great imagination poems

      She gave a good ba ground about the poet and the times, read the poems, and dissected it.

      Customer Reviews

      Based on 9 reviews
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      D.

      Both of the seminars I've taken in this series have been a wonderful way to spend an hour and a half. Decades ago I studied English Literature at university and this course was a wonderful way to reacquaint myself with English poetry. Dr. Moore's discussion of the poems was thoroughly helpful and fascinating.

      C
      C.
      Loved this talk!

      Charlotte Moore brought these four poems alive for me. Her insight into what makes these poems wonderful was very enlightening. Just a great session.

      S
      S.R.
      The Voice

      This was the second class I took with Charlotte Moore. I plan to take the next two, and will take more if they are scheduled. I have gained confidence in my ability to read poetry and am reading more of it.

      M
      M.

      Wonderful presenter who brings poems to light in a way that allows us to experience them both in their historical context, and also emotionally in the present. Highly recommended for any poetry lover!

      E
      E.
      Great imagination poems

      She gave a good ba ground about the poet and the times, read the poems, and dissected it.