A sense of place: Lyrical landscapes 

Ref: C3742842

This is a Day School taught by John Haynes and Janet Sinclair. John Haynes: The section of the course on Edward Thomas will look at some examples of his poems provide some physical background (he lived for a time at Steep, near Petersfield) and the historical background of the First World War in which he was killed. Thomas, though a difficult man to live with, is a poet of immense tenderness, whose popularity among poetry readers has survived the various ‘isms’ of the twentieth century by virtue of its sincerity and capacity to move his readers through contemplation of simple ordinary things in his beloved Hampshire countryside.

Course aim

This course forms part of a course which looks at both poetry and art in the Hampshire context. The poetry part of the course deals with the work of Edward Thomas who lived at Steep near Petersfield

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers

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

  • discuss some of Edward Thomas's poems in relation to his sensitivity to nature as such, and as a source of images by which he sought to understand his own life
  • analyse some of Edward Thomas's poems from the point of view of metre, rhyme and imagery
  • form an opinion as to the effect on Edward Thomas's poetry of (1) His coming enlistment and (2) His friendship with the American Poet, Robert Frost, (3) his sometimes difficult relationship with his wife
  • discuss the ways in which the 'visual' imagery of Edward Thomas can be compared to imagery in painting.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • You will be expected to work towards an individual interpretation of Edward Thomas, who has been very variously assessessed

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • A good edition of the poems is The Annotated Collected Poems by Edward Thomas and Edna Longley

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Join a poetry reading group

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A sense of place: Lyrical landscapes 

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