"You treat free verse as a free-for-all. But poetry (whatever we may say) is, was, and will always be a game. And as every child knows, all games have rules. So why do the grown-ups forget? "
- Wislawa Szymborska (Polish poet)
While we accept that creative expression is spontaneous, we also believe that writing and appreciating poetry is a skill which can be acquired with learning, and bettered with practice. In order to do this, we will approach poetry through perspectives of sound, rhythm, imagery, rhetoric, among other things.
At the workshop, we will together deconstruct poetry written by the most celebrated poets of past and present, and try and understand what makes their work timeless. While soaking in the sensuous words of Dylan and Nirala, we'll go a step further and inspect their craft. We will also look at what some of the most well known critics and literary theorists had to say about the journey of writing the perfect poem.
We will also get our hands dirty, attempting a poem during the course of the workshop. These poems will be opened up for discussion and analysis so we can all learn to be good critics.
Participants are expected to carry a pen and a notebook, and no additional baggage.
About the facilitator :
Sourav is a journalist, poet, and translator. He is currently the editor of Bengaluru Review magazine, and is currently teaching a post graduate course on 'perspectives in Indian poetry' at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru.
His published works include Yayavar (Collection of poems), Karnakavita (Editor: Anthology of Hindi-Urdu poetry from Bengaluru), Teen Natak by Abhishek Majumdar (Editor), and Soho Mein Marx (Translator: 3 Plays by Howard Zinn).