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Poetry workshop 29/6/11 Martin Locock
Outline <ul><li>What is poetry? </li></ul><ul><li>Poetry as a thought tool </li></ul><ul><li>The haiku in theory and pract...
Death of Chatterton   Thomas Wallis
What is poetry? <ul><li>“ Emotion recollected in tranquility”  William Wordsworth </li></ul><ul><li>“ Memorable speech”  W...
<ul><li>Authentic </li></ul><ul><li>Humorous </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective </li></ul><ul><li...
What poetry isn’t* <ul><li>A private language </li></ul><ul><li>Unedited thought or feeling </li></ul><ul><li>A definitive...
Managing creativity <ul><li>Leadership and creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Creation is easy </li></ul><ul><li>The creative pa...
Poetry and reflection <ul><li>Capture moments of transformation </li></ul><ul><li>Capture feelings and texture of experien...
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi  Flow :  Optimal experience , the combination of absorption, effort, and discipline Seeking to tra...
The haiku <ul><li>Charity and trust </li></ul><ul><li>She resists the man </li></ul><ul><li>Panhandling for a pound coin, ...
Rules <ul><li>Japanese tradition </li></ul><ul><li>A title  </li></ul><ul><li>Three lines </li></ul><ul><li>Five, seven, f...
Examples <ul><li>Charity and trust </li></ul><ul><li>She resists the man </li></ul><ul><li>Panhandling for a pound coin, <...
<ul><li>Kijo Murakami </li></ul><ul><li>First autumn morning: the mirror I stare into shows my father's face </li></ul>
Haiku exercise <ul><li>Topic: a discovery or insight </li></ul><ul><li>Content: context and event </li></ul><ul><li>Focus ...
Having a go <ul><li>Find a thought  3 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Write it down as a phrase </li></ul><ul><li>First draft (t...
Judging a poem <ul><li>Does it contain a truth? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it express that truth? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it co...
More words <ul><li>http://changingmoment.blogspot.com </li></ul>The Great Wave , Hokusai (1760-1849)
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Poetry writing workshop 2011

  1. 2. Poetry workshop 29/6/11 Martin Locock
  2. 3. Outline <ul><li>What is poetry? </li></ul><ul><li>Poetry as a thought tool </li></ul><ul><li>The haiku in theory and practice </li></ul>
  3. 4. Death of Chatterton Thomas Wallis
  4. 5. What is poetry? <ul><li>“ Emotion recollected in tranquility” William Wordsworth </li></ul><ul><li>“ Memorable speech” W H Auden </li></ul><ul><li>“ Poetry is just the evidence of life.  If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.” Leonard Cohen </li></ul><ul><li>“ The poet doesn't invent.  He listens.” Jean Cocteau </li></ul><ul><li>“ Carefully chosen words” Martin Locock </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Authentic </li></ul><ul><li>Humorous </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective </li></ul><ul><li>Structured </li></ul>What can poetry be?
  6. 7. What poetry isn’t* <ul><li>A private language </li></ul><ul><li>Unedited thought or feeling </li></ul><ul><li>A definitive or balanced view </li></ul><ul><li>A puzzle or word game </li></ul><ul><li>* according to me </li></ul>
  7. 8. Managing creativity <ul><li>Leadership and creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Creation is easy </li></ul><ul><li>The creative paradox ( or , “There was a young man from Hong Kong”) </li></ul>
  8. 9. Poetry and reflection <ul><li>Capture moments of transformation </li></ul><ul><li>Capture feelings and texture of experience </li></ul><ul><li>Jack Mezirow – critical reflection transformational learning re-thinking past experiences </li></ul>
  9. 10. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Flow : Optimal experience , the combination of absorption, effort, and discipline Seeking to transform experience into poetry can trigger flow at will The flow of thought finds its own path when you cease trying to direct it . Poetry and flow
  10. 11. The haiku <ul><li>Charity and trust </li></ul><ul><li>She resists the man </li></ul><ul><li>Panhandling for a pound coin, </li></ul><ul><li>Doubting his motives </li></ul>
  11. 12. Rules <ul><li>Japanese tradition </li></ul><ul><li>A title </li></ul><ul><li>Three lines </li></ul><ul><li>Five, seven, five syllables </li></ul><ul><li>Words can be omitted </li></ul><ul><li>Changing moment: external > internal, describe > feel/think; two aspects of something </li></ul>
  12. 13. Examples <ul><li>Charity and trust </li></ul><ul><li>She resists the man </li></ul><ul><li>Panhandling for a pound coin, </li></ul><ul><li>Doubting his motives </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Kijo Murakami </li></ul><ul><li>First autumn morning: the mirror I stare into shows my father's face </li></ul>
  14. 15. Haiku exercise <ul><li>Topic: a discovery or insight </li></ul><ul><li>Content: context and event </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on how it felt, how it changed you </li></ul><ul><li>No room for irrelevancies </li></ul>
  15. 16. Having a go <ul><li>Find a thought 3 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Write it down as a phrase </li></ul><ul><li>First draft (title last) 5 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Write it neatly </li></ul><ul><li>Pairs: swap and read partner’s aloud </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What was best, what needs work 5 minutes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quick revision 2 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Final version: reading </li></ul>
  16. 17. Judging a poem <ul><li>Does it contain a truth? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it express that truth? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it communicate that truth? </li></ul><ul><li>Irrelevant questions: </li></ul><ul><li>Is the idea new? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the idea one you are committed to? </li></ul><ul><li>Would someone else have written it differently? </li></ul>
  17. 18. More words <ul><li>http://changingmoment.blogspot.com </li></ul>The Great Wave , Hokusai (1760-1849)
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