Literature: Poems Don't Have to Rhyme-Or Do They?
Poetic styles range from the highly structure sonnet and haiku to Shakespearean blank verse to free verse. Looking at different poetic forms and techniques you will discover a new understanding and learn to create your own poetry.
To introduce a range of poetry and poetic styles and develop skills and confidence for students to create their own poetry on subjects meaningful to them.
Who is the course for?
Anyone can join this course, though an interest in poetry and willingness to have a go at writing will make the course more meaningful and enjoyable.
What topics will this course cover
What is poetry and what isn't; what makes a good poem; different poetic forms and styles; poems from past and present; selecting a subject; exploring various forms and language styles in creating your own poems.
What will it be like?
WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.
By the end of the course I should be able to:
1 - appreciate the range of themes and styles in poetry across the ages 2 - have the confidence to turn personal experiences, stories or objects into personal poetry 3 - produce at lease one piece of poetic writing that emerges from class discussion or personal experience.
How will I know I'm making progress?
Through conversation with students and by giving written feedback on any poems they compose and submit.
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
Participants should bring either a laptop/tablet or a clean notebook and pen or pencil .
Reading and information sources
No prior reading is required. Participants will be encouraged to explore a wide range of poetry from different sources and may wish to prepare by selecting some favourite poems to read or re-read.
What could the course lead to?
The course will enable and encourage students to explore poetry and to continue to compose personal poetry. We will also search for any local poetry groups or events during the term and beyond.