Poetry MasterClass: from Meta-Limericks to Metaphysics

In an audio broadcast - the third in our Poetry Masterclass series - we start with a limerick, spend a few moments with Terry Pratchett, and then take an in-depth look at one of Donne's greatest poems, Death Be Not Proud, as we try to answer the question - 'What is metaphysics?'

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Poetry: remembering our aural roots

The second of our studies on great poetry - what can we writers learn from the masters? Today I'm looking at the importance of the way a poem sounds in a live performance. Does the poem capture the natural rhythm of speech? Does it remember its aural roots? Does it need to be heard?

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Symbolism in poetry: The Sick Rose

In a series of posts we'll be looking at 20 great poems from a writer's perspective - what can we learn from them? The first looks at the use of symbolism in William Blake's 'The Sick Rose'.

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End of the tunnel

A challenge for you. Can you write a short poem that works with this picture - something that we could publish and add to the Coloring The Wind store?

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How we created “Pearson’s Disease”

How do we turn a poem into wall-art, ready to sell in our Coloring The Wind store. Here's a blow-by-blow account of how we produced our latest design, Pearson's Disease.

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How this publisher handles rejections

As a publisher I often see work that I enjoy but which doesn't fit with our profile, for one reason or another. How do I decide what to put into the Coloring The Wind store and what not to? Plus a link to Chris Pearson's ode to the photocopier - and anyone else who's bored at work - 'Canon Fodder'.

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