Afternoon talk - Bird Poems of the Romantic Poets

Ref: C3530234

he bird is traditionally an image of the poetic voice and, as such, held much appeal for poets of the Romantic period - and beyond. We shall read about the nightingale and the skylark, of course, but also the snipe and the owl, always looking to discover the poets’ perspective on each bird - from the ethereal to the terrestrial, from the fanciful to the carefully observed.

Additional information about this course

NB No fee waiver is available for this course. Tea and cake is included in the price

Course aim

To explore poems of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century which fall within the literary convention of writing about birds and thereby to discover their particular differences and beauties of form and expression.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for anyone who is open to the experience of reading poetry in a friendly group.

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

  • understand and respond to the particular interest of each poet to a particular bird as it reflects his or her circumstances.
  • appreciate the range of forms, techniques and idioms used by the Romantic poets in writing about birds.
  • understand the conventions of writing about birds within the poetic tradition

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?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Afternoon talk - Bird Poems of the Romantic Poets


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