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Jack Underwood Workshop: Not Understanding Poetry
19th February 2022 @ 2:30 pm£16.50 – £22.50
2:30pm – 4:30pm
Who has ever fallen in love with a poem because they understood it? Poetry is often spoken about as something inaccessible, obscure, difficult to understand, or nonsensical, and as poets we can respond to these negative portrayals defensively, keeping our poems literal, or linear in their thinking. This workshop will explore the limits of meaning and meaninglessness, test and explore how poems can invite creative and imaginative participation rather than offer a passive experience. We will look at poems on the edge of song, poems that keep their subject hidden offstage, poems that attempt a strange new arithmetic in language and logic, and examine poetry’s potential as a mechanism for questioning the world and our relation to it.