• Paradise of Exiles
  • Paradise of Exiles
  • Paradise of Exiles
  • Paradise of Exiles

Paradise of Exiles

Regular price £55.00

Poetry in the Paradise of Exiles is a weekly poetry salon with Pele Cox, exploring the poetry of English language poets and travellers to Italy, which Shelley called the Paradise of Exiles.  

Readings include Thomas Wyatt, Keats, Shelley, Byron, Elizabeth and Robert Barrett Browning, DH Lawrence, and the Italian poets that inspired them, from Virgil and Ovid to Dante, Petrarch, Tasso, and more.

This course is not just a history of literature course, each session has a creative writing element, and participants can also bring poems they have written, or prose pieces, inspired by the historical poetry we are reading. This is a great course for practicing poets as well as poetry enthusiasts looking to engage or re-engage with these major English language poets whilst also sharing your own poetic practice.

£55 for all six sessions. 

Six weeks of Tuesdays, 5:30- 7:30pm.


8 May - 'Paradise of Exiles'

The Romantics in Italy, Keats/Shelley/Byron. Why exactly did these poets leave their homeland for European shores? How did this shape their fame and futures?

15 May - 'Love among Ruins'

Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning – sonnets and dramatic monologues. Elizabeth Barrett Browning left England to be with Robert Browning in Rome. Which formed one of great poetry couplings of all time, we will study their poems as examples of two great writing minds living in exile together.

22 May - 'The Hunter and the Hunted - How Poetry was born to Tudor England' 

Petrarch and Thomas Wyatt. Thomas Wyatt poetry was influenced by the sonnets of the Italian poet Petrarch. He also wrote ‘Whoso List To Hunt,’ the great love poem to Ann Boleyn. Some say it was because of his poetry that he didn’t lose his head…

29 May - 'Uphill' 

Christina Rossetti. ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’ and ‘Goblin Market’. One of the authors of  the pre-Raphaelite imagination and sister of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, niece to Frances Polidori Byron’s doctor,. We will learn about her skill and prowess as a poet.

5 June - The Legacy of Dante

And the epic in British Poetry and overview. We will study the stories, legacy structure and different translations of this great Italian masterpiece.

12 June - Twilight in Italy

Modern poets in Italy: Ezra Pound, D. H. Lawrence, Jamie McKendrick.