expand and complete
1 – Polish up in time for the next session your piece on ‘rituals’ – Whitsun Wedding – or whatever yours was. Some already finished pieces are published here
2 – Polish up and bring next time your post-meditation poem. Again, some are published already, here
3 – Use form and rhythm to write a new poem of four lines or more – and bring it with you
The homework set by Angela for the session on 5 July was to consider carefully this speech from The Tempest
‘Our revels now are ended’
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air;
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yes, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
From The Tempest Act 4 Scene 1
See what really stands out for you from this speech. It may be one line or the moods of the whole. Make of it what you will and write a poem (max. 50 lines) or prose (max. 300 words) based on your reaction. Bring it along to share at the session on 5 July.
(syllables 5 7 5)
Write Haiku and either a poem, or a 200 word prose poem to expand upon the theme of the Haiku with no use of adverbs (preferably) or adjectives. The work will evoke one of the four seasons.
Find out about cave painting, and what it is, and how it relates to your work. Had you been alive before the days of words what would you paint (upon the back walls of your deep, dark, mysterious cave). Your painting might never be found so you can be honest and straightforward. It’s a journey for you, and for any who may find what you leave there. What will you write-without-writing to speak of your soul?
300 words flash fiction, or a poem
1 – Write something themed around the villages beneath Blencathra, poetry or prose. 200 words. Can you link it into your experience with Mungrisdale Writers?
2 – Make 2 lists of things you remember about your maternal / paternal grandparents. Then circle something in one of the lists that especially stands out. Write a paragraph to explain why.
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Homework for presentation on 12 April
1 – Following our conversation about this year’s Mirehouse Poetry Prize winners (winning poems here) – think about the poem you chose as your favourite and write one of your own (poem or prose poem) along the same lines. 200 words maximum
2 – Allan Jenkins’ Morning (his Plot 29 was also mentioned) reflects on what he values about mornings. Write a few lines about your own appreciation of morning, or evening
3 – Think about your use or non-use of punctuation in some of your recent poetry