Women’s Poetry from the 15th – 21st Centuries

Ref: C2422869

Women have been writing poetry for many centuries. Often though their offerings have been overshadowed by the words of men. Each week we will explore poetry by women in consecutive centuries. Texts will be provided, and participants will be invited to share poems that inspire them. This will be an interactive rather than a lecture format. The course calendar will indicate the poets and themes to be discussed each week.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce poetry composed in English by women over the centuries. We will explore different forms and styles of poetry and enable participants to analyse, discuss and appreciate the ways in which women's poetry affects us.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • Familiarity with and love of poetry will enable participants to get the most from the course.

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

  • Understand how to read a poem in order to appreciate the poet's intention and my own response
  • Identify different structural forms of poems
  • Appreciate the diversity of poetry by women from different centuries and styles

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Participants will need access to the internet and be able to follow links to join the course on Zoom. All texts will be provided. Participants will need to have access to email to receive the weekly handouts and internet to explore further the works of the women poets being discussed.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Women’s Poetry from the 15th – 21st Centuries


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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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