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Irish Literature: The 'Aisling' Dream Poem

Irish Literature: The 'Aisling' Dream Poem is a course run by Martin Keaveney Creative Writing, Galway. It is an Online course with a duration of 12 weeks. Irish Literature: The 'Aisling' Dream Poem gives a Course Qualification of Certificate of Attendance. For more information about Irish Literature: The 'Aisling' Dream Poem at Martin Keaveney Creative Writing, please review the details below.

How does dreaming enter poetic writing? What might it mean for a poet to be inspired by spiritual forms? In an increasingly disenchanted and dispirited world, what role, if any, could visionary experience play in the process of making verse? This Irish Literature course will explore the origins, inspirations and legacies of the evocative and enigmatic 17th and 18th century ‘Aisling’ (‘dream poem’) form, including its formative contexts in Irish mythology/mourning, the Celtic Revival (cf. W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory’s 1902 play Cathleen Ni Houlihan) and the figure of the spéirbhean (‘heavenly woman’), culminating in an exploration of the late 20C poetics of one of its most dazzling devotees, the late Belfast poet Ciaran Carson. It will be of interest to all those who are interested in the intersections of dreaming, history, mythology and poetic writing in the Irish literary tradition. Designed & delivered by Dr Simon Thomas. STARTS SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER 2022 Time: 8.00-10.00pm (via Zoom) Concludes 18th December 2022 Registration: – €245 Book here

02/10/2022. – 18/12/2022   Dr Simon Thomas (aka Síomón Solomon) is a Dublin-based poet, playwright, editor, translator and English lecturer. He holds inter-disciplinary academic qualifications in the Humanities, including an MA in Continental Philosophy (Warwick, 1991, with distinction) and an MA in Creative Writing: Poetry (Boston, 1994), the latter under US Scholarship with Derek Walcott, Geoffrey Hill and Rosanna Warren. His PhD thesis (London, 2008) was a trilingual work on the ‘schizopoetics’ of the early Romantic German poet Friedrich Hölderlin (1770–1843). His debút play, The Atonement of Lesley Ann, staged at Smock Alley Theatre as part of the 2020 Scene and Heard Festival, was commended by the leading Irish playwright Marina Carr as ‘a fantastic piece, lyrical and terrible and powerful all at the same time’. His first book, Hölderlin’s Poltergeists (Peter Lang, 2020), a creative adaptation of Stephan Hermlin’s 1970 audio play Scardanelli, is slated for theatrical presentation by Queen Mary, University of London in 2023. Current projects include a first collection of poems (working title My Grandfather’s Demon), the ‘pataphysical’ script A Savage God (commended by Druid Theatre Company) and a book of English versions of Georg Trakl poems, Imperfect Penances, for Infinity Land Press.

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Training ProviderMartin Keaveney Creative Writing
Course LocationDonegal Town, Donegal
Course TypeDistance Learning
Course QualificationCertificate of Attendance
Awarding Body DetailsCertificate of Completion
Course Start Date2nd October 2022
Course End Date18th December 2022
Course Duration12 weeks
Course Time2 October 2022 at 8pm
Course Fee245
Entry RequirementsNone.
Carear PathWriter, Playwright, Screenwriter, Publisher, Literary Agent, Librarian, Journalism, Literary Critic, University Student, Reviewer, Teacher, Editor and more.
Course CodeMKCWAD
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