Day School: Literature: Edward Thomas 1878-1917: One hundred years on

Ref: C2418990

An overview of the life and writings of Edward Thomas's whose poems, uniquely, were written in the last two years of his life, after a twenty year career and a literary journalist and prolific author of nearly thirty books.

Additional information about this course

One hundred years after his death in the First World War, Edward Thomas is considered to be one of the finest poets of the 20th century. Uniquely, he wrote over twenty books of prose before writing any poems, all of which he wrote in the last two years of his life. Today we will consider his prose and poetry in the context of his often troubled and troubling life, as well as looking at his influence on generations of writers who followed.

Course aim

To consider the poetry and prose of Edward Thomas, who died a century ago at the Battle if Arras in 1917, in the context of his life and times.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

A selection of Thomas's poems and extracts from some of his prose writings.

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. Approach the writings with an enhanced critical eye. 2. Place Thomas's poetry within the context of his life and times. 3. Have some understanding of the relationship between Thomas's prose and poetry.

How will I know I'm making progress?

There will be opportunities to share/ compare and test your ideas and opinions with fellow students.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Poems and prose extracts will be provided in the form of handouts.

Reading and information sources

A perusal of Thomas's selected or collected poems might be useful , as would a look at on one of the several biographies of the poet.

What could the course lead to?

Most universities offer graduate and postgraduate courses in literature. Locally there is the University of Hertfordshire, as well as Birkbeck College in London and the Open University. Students may also wish to purdue their studies with the WEA and by their own private reading and research.

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Day School: Literature: Edward Thomas 1878-1917: One hundred years on Course Outline

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