Black Poets Masterclass: African Poets, Part 2
With Dzifa Benson
The poetic term ‘tone’ is borrowed from the expression ‘tone of voice’: it implies something spoken aloud. In written poetry, intonations are established by the writer through a variety of techniques. Award-winning poet Nick Laird leads a masterclass on how poets establish a range of intonations in the written word. You’ll look at how the reader infers the writer’s tone, and by that tries to discern the speaker’s many attitudes towards a subject, and to themselves.
The tonal range is vast, nuanced and sometimes difficult to determine – is the poem aggrieved, beseeching, curious, determined, elevated, furious, grim, happy, ironic, or many of these things at once? A poem often shifts and develops a variety of shadings in its movement from beginning to end. Combining a close reading of poems with generative writing exercises, this masterclass will explore one of the most elusive and important poetic topics. As Robert Frost says, “It’s tone I’m in love with; that’s what poetry is, tone.”
The Masterclass will be delivered via Zoom webinar, so you can take the session at your own pace, without the pressure of having your video or camera on. Sessions are also recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you will have access to the recording for a month afterwards.
As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, a limited number of half-price concessions are available for this course at checkout. There are a limited number of free subsidised places for those who cannot afford the concession price.
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With Dzifa Benson
Writing nature now
Looking at Imagery with a Watchmaker's Eye
Joining the Poetic Conversation
How to Get the Best from Working with a Producer
Holding on and Letting Go: Writing the Body in Grief
Q&A and Reading