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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Of all literary forms, poetry is perhaps the one which most writers are shy of revealing to others. Yet many people hold passionate, and conflicting, opinion about what makes a good poem. Must it rhyme? Must it look like a poem? What, crucially, can poetry do that prose can't? We shall focus on writing but will also explore connected ideas and concepts through exercises and relaxed discussion. This day-school is not just for those who already write poetry, but also those who want to try it, and those seeking inspiration.


Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Course dates

20 Nov 2016

Course duration

1 day(s)

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

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