How to read a poem

Saturday 17 October, 13.10 until 13.50, Garden Room, Barbican Festival Attractions

Does poetry scare you? Do you like the idea of poetry, but wonder how well you’re equipped to deal with it? If so, you’re not alone. Many people find poetry somehow daunting and would welcome guidance on how to approach it.

This session will tackle the ‘problem’ of how to read a poem in a variety of ways, with the aim of taking poems off the page and into people’s lives. First, Richard Swan will take a single poem and deconstruct it in order to explore the process of understanding and reading. Anthony Anaxagorou will then demonstrate from his own experience how poetry can engage directly with an audience. Finally, our speakers will lead an interactive session to allow the audience to explore and try out some poetry reading of their own.

Anthony Anaxagorou
poet, writer, performer and educator

Richard Swan
writer and academic

Produced by
Richard Swan writer and academic
Recommended readings
Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies

A guide for the perplexed

Mark Yakich, The Atlantic, 2 November 2014

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