What Makes A Great Poem? Story-Telling and Myth-Making with Charlotte Moore

What Makes A Great Poem? Story-Telling and Myth-Making 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 draw on stories and myths from a shared consciousness, and in so doing, they create new myths of their own. In this session, we will look at source materials from folklore to legend to everyday detail and discuss how poetry transforms these materials to create resonant art with an infinite afterlife.

This is the fourth 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 as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of many classic poems and why they are considered “great.”

Chosen poems are:

  • La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats
  • A Musical Instrument by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Adlestrop by Edward Thomas
  • Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

  • 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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    P.V.E.
    Illuminating as always

    Insightful revelations about poems I thought I knew.

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    S.
    Poetry appreciation at its best

    This was such an incredibly enriching program (I subscribed to all 4 of her poetry classes). Felt like a true conversation with a master guide to some of the most beautiful poems ever written.

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    G.V.
    Wonderful Sundays with Charlotte

    Charlotte was absolutely wonderful. Charlotte's unique opening linking each poet to flowers from her garden, her beautiful and moving readings, incredible analysis and her engaging and informative interaction with attendees made our Sundays an absolute joy.

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    K.F.D.
    Another great seminar on poetry

    Charlotte Moore continued her run of fabulous seminars on poetry. This 4th and final session was every bit as good as the others. Loved the selections and her analysis of the poem in the context of the poet and his or her times.

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 4 reviews
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    P
    P.V.E.
    Illuminating as always

    Insightful revelations about poems I thought I knew.

    S
    S.
    Poetry appreciation at its best

    This was such an incredibly enriching program (I subscribed to all 4 of her poetry classes). Felt like a true conversation with a master guide to some of the most beautiful poems ever written.

    G
    G.V.
    Wonderful Sundays with Charlotte

    Charlotte was absolutely wonderful. Charlotte's unique opening linking each poet to flowers from her garden, her beautiful and moving readings, incredible analysis and her engaging and informative interaction with attendees made our Sundays an absolute joy.

    K
    K.F.D.
    Another great seminar on poetry

    Charlotte Moore continued her run of fabulous seminars on poetry. This 4th and final session was every bit as good as the others. Loved the selections and her analysis of the poem in the context of the poet and his or her times.