Posted 25.10.13 in Workshop
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Last month, we announced a teaser challenge set by English National Ballet and inspired by the tragic shipwreck that features at the end of their upcoming ballet Le Corsaire. We asked Young Poets Networkers to come up with lines and phrases of poetry about the sea, and these quotations were featured in our celebrations for National Poetry Day 2013 (as this year’s theme was water). From your entries we created this phrase-board full of incredible, evocative imagery.
English National Ballet and Young Poets Network are looking for young writers to take inspiration from the ballet Le Corsaire, and submit a poem driven by the epic love story between Medora and Conrad.
For inspiration, this stunning video shows you extracts from the ballet featuring the blossoming love of Conrad and Medora, which culminates in a tragic shipwreck in the final act. The heightened language of love in Lord Byron’s poem The Corsair is mirrored in the emotive music and expressive movement vocabulary of English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire.
Now that you’ve watched the video, consider how the beauty of the movement and the power of the love between Conrad and Medora will appear as words in your poem. Will it be romantic, hopeful, tragic, tumultuous? These couplets from Lord Byron’s The Corsair may inspire your writing further:
Now to Medora – Oh! my sinking heart,
Long may her own be lighter than thou art! (Conrad, 1, XIII)
This hour we part – my heart foreboded this.
Thus ever fade my fairy dreams of bliss (Medora, 1, XIV)
Again – again – and oft again – my love!
If there be life below, and hope above (Conrad, 1 XIV)
List – ’tis the bugle – Juan shrilly blew –
One kiss – one more – another – Oh! Adieu! (Conrad 1, XIV)
‘He’s gone!’ – against her heart that hand is driven,
Convulsed and quick – then gently raised to heaven (Medora, 1, XIV)
Will you have people in your poem, or will it focus on the emotive theme of love and romance? You could focus on the characters from the ballet, or link the themes to people and places in your own life. This is your chance to inspire us and we can’t wait to see what you write.
The lucky winning poet will receive a pair of tickets from English National Ballet to see Le Corsaire in London in January 2014*, and have their poem published on the New Writing section of Young Poets Network as well as English National Ballet’s website and blog.
This challenge is for poets based in the UK, aged 25 and under. The deadline is Sunday 3 November. Send your poems to firstname.lastname@example.org in the body of an email (not an attachment), with your name, age and address. We will add you to the Young Poets Network emailing list – please let us know if you’d rather we didn’t!
For administrative reasons, we’ll be sharing entrants’ email addresses for this challenge with our project partners English National Ballet. Here’s a message from ENB/YPN about entering the challenge.
By submitting to the teaser and the full challenge, you consent for your information to be shared with our partner English National Ballet for all marketing and communications purposes. Your name, poem, photo and other details may also be used by Young Poets Network, the Poetry Society and English National Ballet for promotional purposes (including online, print and broadcast) in perpetuity.
*Tickets for two people to attend a performance of Le Corsaire at the London Coliseum. Tickets are price band A or B. Subsequent tickets can be ordered subject to availability. Travel for two from home city to London is included in the prize. Additional guests must pay for their own travel. Please notify English National Ballet of any access requirements at the time of redeeming the prize. Tickets are non-transferable. Tickets cannot be exchanged for cash.
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