How to write poetry

——   Created by Serena Greenslade

Improve your creative writing and learn how to write sonnets, narrative poetry, blank verse, free verse and much more.

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20
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1h 28m
Lesson time
beginner
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More about this course

Writing poetry is a special way of using words and involves putting these words in a special order. 

This course covers poetic form, rhythm and rhyme and encourages you to write poetry that you are proud of. It has been designed so that you can hop from one section to another, they are not dependent upon each other, this makes writing your poem easier for you as you can concentrate on the particular form of poem that you want to write.

This course not only explains how to write poetry but also has many various writing exercises to help you create your poetry. 

There are practical projects for you to try which can be downloaded - writing sentences in different metres, write a sonnet with specific line endings, give examples of rhymes and more, answers and ideas are given in a pdf sheet.

I explain the importance of making a poem your own. We all go through different emotions during our life - some happy, some sad, some frightening, some serious and many of us find that being able to put on paper feelings that we find difficult to talk about very therapeutic. Creative writing can be a wonderful outlet for our emotions.

There is a closed private Facebook group where people can share their poetry with other students.

I have studied poetry since the age of 10 and in my profession as a voice confidence coach I teach people how to speak poetry out loud almost everyday of my working life.

Poetry is much more powerful when spoken out loud and so the last part of this course covers speaking your poems aloud.

Please look at my promotional video and free sample lectures to see how I can help you improve your poetry.

This course does NOT attempt to analyze English poetry it focuses entirely on you learning to write poetry.

20 Lessons

0:04:15
Introduction
0:03:58
Notebook
METRE
0:04:20
Iambic
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0:01:25
Trochaic
0:01:48
Dactylic and Anapestic
0:03:09
How many feet?
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0:07:14
Your turn to have a go
0:07:34
Pausing
0:05:17
Rhyme and assonance
0:02:11
Exercise rhyme and metre
0:02:58
Rhymes exercises advanced
POETIC FORMS
0:05:12
Blank Verse
0:01:41
Free Verse
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  • 1h 28m of on-demand video
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  • 1 peer to work with
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About the instructor

Serena Greenslade is an experienced speech confidence coach from Dorset, UK and she now lives in central Portugal. Serena qualified in 1994 (A.N.E.A.) as an elocution teacher and since then has taught lecturers at Universities, trainee doctors for the NHS, sports coaches, business people, telephone sales personnel, children, health care …

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