Poetry Appreciation

Ref: C2228638

These monthly sessions encourage anyone who enjoys verse to read out poems they like, tell us why it is of significance to them, and give their critical analysis to allow other members of the group to share their reactions and comments. The first session is open to all types of poems, while the rest have specific themes chosen by the group. We prefer those attending these sessions to contribute poetry written by other people rather than their own work, as this is not intended as a creative writing course for budding poets. This course will help to improve confidence, English skills, spoken English, critical thinking and peer to peer discussions.

Course aim

This course gives students the opportunity to study, discuss and analyse poetry from many different genres. Critical commentary is embraced. It provides an opportunity for those who enjoy reading poetry out loud to do so.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Appreciate and analyse the unique properties of poetry when read out loud to a live audience, rather than being read by an individual to themselves
  • Analyse and explore topics, themes and meaning within the studied poems
  • Identify the structure of a new poem or verse
  • Discover and discuss the works of a variety of new poets.
  • Be able to participate in group and peer to peer discussions

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources and communicate with others.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

Poetry Appreciation


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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