Poetry and Landscape

Ref: C2224373

‘The British landscape has inspired some of the most powerful and unforgettable poetry ever written’. So writes Owen Sheers, the Editor of A Poet’s Guide to Britain, (Penguin Classics, 2010), which is the required text for this course. The Anthology includes poems from a wide range of historical periods, taking us on a journey across the length and breadth of the British Isles. We will discuss ways in which a poetic response to a wide variety of topographies, both urban and rural, can deepen our own ‘conversation’ with the landscapes that surround us. We will also watch excerpts of the TV Series that accompanied this Anthology.

Course aim

The aim of the Course is to introduce students to the wide-ranging variety of poetry evoking the British landscape across the centuries.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • give examples of the variety of landscape poetry from locations across the British Isles
  • encounter British poetic voices from across the Centuries, including contempoary responses.
  • analyse a poem: specifically techniques in which its form and structure can evoke meanings.
  • explore ways in which links between place and poetry can enrich our sense of history and national identity.
  • explore how landscape poetry can address current anxieties on environmental issues, such as climate change and global warming.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • You will need to bring a copy of Owen Sheers' Anthology 'A Poet's Guide to Britain'

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • You may like to dip into the Anthology to get a feel for the range of landscape poems included and to identify poems that particularly interest you.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Poetry and Landscape


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