Anthologies of New Poetry
We will be looking at a range of poems from a) the influential collection – Staying Alive – published by Bloodaxe in 2002; and b) recent editions of The Poetry Review (2016). We will discuss “new poetry” and compare it with more traditional forms and examples. Participants will be encouraged to choose examples from the texts to generate discussion and debate.
Learners will hone their critical thinking skills by examining a range of poems from a) the influential collection – Staying Alive – published by Bloodaxe in 2002; and b) recent editions of The Poetry Review (2016-17).
Who is the course for?
Anyone with an enquiring mind and an interest in literature.
What topics will this course cover
We will ask what characterises “new poetry” – in terms of style, form, vocabulary, content… we will compare and contrast with more traditional poems (and poets) in order to express informed preferences.
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. identify key forms and techniques in the chosen poems 2. discuss and comment on the subject matter and the literary effects used by the poets in the chosen works 3. select passages for close reading, which illustrate key points and opinions 4. participate in readings, presentations, discussions and debate with others 5. relate the course’s subject-matter to wider social, political and cultural contexts
How will I know I'm making progress?
Feedback will be from: • Discussion • Tutor feedback • Peer feedback • Taking initiative to lead discussions and inform debate through autonomous research and study • Self-assessment of progress and achievement – ILP and Course Review
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
Perhaps a folder for keeping notes and handouts.
Reading and information sources
We will work together to agree on chosen poems from: Staying Alive – published by Bloodaxe in 2002; and The Poetry Review (2016-17). Wider reading – for instance of favourite poets, or of newly discovered poets – may ensue!
What could the course lead to?
The tutor will advise about progression to other WEA courses, both related to subject and more general – such as the Open University’s free OpenLearn courses. Students wishing to progress to more academic / vocational study will be provided with appropriate guidelines – as standard.