Reading The Romantics – Sunday 11 August 2019



Sunday 11 August 2019 from 11.15am to 17:00

The day is gone, and all its sweets are gone!
Sweet voice, sweet lips, soft hand, and softer breast,
Warm breath, light whisper, tender semi-tone,
Bright eyes, accomplish’d shape, and lang’rous waist!
Faded the flower and all its budded charms,
Faded the sight of beauty from my eyes,
Faded the shape of beauty from my arms,
Faded the voice, warmth, whiteness, paradise –
Vanish’d unseasonably at shut of eve,
When the dusk holiday – or holinight
Of fragrant-curtain’d love begins to weave
The woof of darkness thick, for hid delight,
But, as I’ve read love’s missal through to-day,
He’ll let me sleep, seeing I fast and pray.

*The day is gone, and all its sweets are gone!By John Keats

An in depth masterclass discussing the romantic poets: William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel T. Coleridge, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, and John Keats. We will look at and discuss their writing techniques and influences. This masterclass will not involve writing. We will look at a sample of their work, which is representative of their style rather than the whole body of their work. This is the perfect masterclass to learn how to read poetry and can be taken by writers and non writers alike. In particular we will look at how gender is represented in his writing and how important or not it is we understand everything in a poem.

Topics Covered

*Their writing style
*Their influences
*Their outlook on poetry
*How to read a poem closely and be an intelligent reader

On the day, we will:

*Discuss and debate what poetry is
*Closely analyse a sample of poetry
*Learn how the best writers write