Contemporary Irish Poetry (taster course for National Poetry Day)

Ref: C3846689

On National Poetry Day we will read aloud and discuss poems written by Irish writers in the 21st century, It is eight years since the death of Seamus Heaney and we will consider some of his late poems as well as exploring his legacy. The course will also feature poems by Stephen Sexton, Sinead Morrissey and Eavan Boland. The focus will be on students' personal responses based on close reading of the poems. We will discuss the themes the poets address and their choice of form.

Additional information about this course

National Poetry Day taster course

Course aim

To introduce students to a range of contemporary Irish poetry.

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:

  • Read and discuss a range of modern poetry
  • Give a personal response to a poem based on close reading
  • Consider the impact of the poets' choice of form
  • Consider the wider context of contemporary Irish poetry

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Copies of the poems to be discussed will be made available on Canvas in advance of the course. Students may like to read the poems in advance but this is not essential.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Contemporary Irish Poetry (taster course for National Poetry Day)


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