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An Introduction to Metre
Instructor: James Bartlett (Pantygynt)
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Start Date: Friday, November 10th, 2017
Duration: Five Weeks
Class Size: 7 Students
Seats Left: 4

What is and is not metre? What is a metrical foot? A brief history and definition of the place of metre in poetry. Some common misconceptions of what is covered by the term. The differences between iambic and trochaic metre and how not to be terrified of these terms. Writing poetry in those two metres. Fitting the words to your chosen metre. By the end of this class participants should feel confident in their ability to write in iambic metre and be aware of what constitutes trochaic metre. The world of "blank verse" and "Elizabethan sonnets" will be open to you.

If time permits there may be an introduction to two other types of metre, Anapaestic and Dactylic. If you have ever been told that your metre is "a bit loose" or somehow faulty. you need to sign up for this.

The timing of the classes will depend on who signs up and in what time zone they are located. It is rare for everyone to be able to attend every session but one to one catch-up sessions are usually available.

Week 1 Session 1 -- What is/is not metre. Iambic and trochaic metre.
Week 1 Session 2 -- Metre and line length -- the various "...ameters".
Week 2 Session 1 -- How to start writing a metrical line and common pitfalls.
Week 2 Session 2 -- Identifying types of metre in the writing of others.
Week 3 Session 1 -- some simple metrical substitutions -- the feminine ending.
Week 3 Session 2 -- writing a short, rhymed poem in iambic metre.
Week 4 Session 1 -- writing a short unrhymed poem in iambic metre -- blank verse.
Week 4 Session 2 -- try your hand at an Elizabethan sonnet
Final Session -- Q & A and Feedback.


Instructor: James Bartlett
About The Instructor: Jim Bartlett is an ex-Royal Marine Officer, and retired teacher, with a good honours degree in Education, and English and Drama, from London University. He has been a member of a local poetry group in South Wales where he currently lives alone in a redundant farm house.

Jim started writing while serving with 45 Commando, Royal Marines in Aden in the mid 1960s. At that time he was writing mainly song lyrics but later moved on to poetry after studying it on his degree course, which he undertook as a mature student between 1972 and 1976.

He has been published in poetry magazines and newspapers from time to time. In 2005 he produced a CD of self-penned songs under the title of "Tomorrow Never Comes", and published a poetry collection of thirty-six poems in 2012 entitled, "Triple Dozen" prior to joining FanStory in March 2015. His songs and poems have won several competitions.

Jim has also lectured on English Folk Lore and Song for the WEA in SE London in the late 1970s. He was urged to enrol as an instructor on FanStory by many who found his reviews of their poetry particularly helpful.

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