October 15, 2010

Patterns of Poetry Podcast Series

I came across this nice series of podcasts (audio files) on "Patterns of Poetry" series. They are short (about 5 minutes each) discussions of poetic techniques. It's not the "how to find them in a poem" exercise that you may have had to do in some class, but more on how to use them in your writing. (Though I suppose it also accomplishes the "how to find them" mission too.)

They are presented by the English Department of St Columba's College, Whitechurch, Dublin, Ireland on their blog site.

The first one I stumbled upon through a search is on simile, and looks at how Sylvia Plath uses it in her poem 'Morning Song'.

The series (so far):

1: Introduction
2: Titles - illustrated with 'The Fish' by Elizabeth Bishop, and 'Out, Out' by Robert Frost.
3: Alliteration - 'The Windhover' by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
4: Personification - "Shancoduff' by Patrick Kavanagh.
5: Symbols - 'The Stare's Nest by my Window' by W.B. Yeats.
6. Onomatopoeia - 'A Constable Calls' and 'Sunlight' by Seamus Heaney.
7. Cliché - Sonnet 130 by Shakespeare, and 'Valentine' by Carol Ann Duffy.
8. Simile - Morning Song' by Sylvia Plath.

They have now also put together one handy compilation of the first eight Patterns of Poetry talks, if you want all the lessons at once.

They are available for play from your browser and also available using iTunes which is useful if you want to "archive" a copy for later.

Patterns of Poetry: An Encyclopedia of Forms
Patterns in Poetry: Recognizing and Analyzing Poetic Form and Meter
Poetry Patterns & Themes (for younger readers)

1 comment:

irishpoetry said...

I was very encouraged to find this site. I wanted to thank you for these and useful links. I definitely savored every little bit of it including the podcasts and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.