Poetry: Women Poets

Ref: C3740205

Exploring the poetry of women from the earliest we know to our own times and the changing and unchanging concerns. The developments in society that allowed greater freedom of expression and the emergence of world-class female poetry. A celebration of poetry by women.

Additional information about this course

First and last sessions only are 2.5 hours; remaining sessions 2 hours.

Course aim

A celebration of poetry by women over all the centuries from Sappho to Sylvia Plath. Emancipation and freedom to write. How the worlds of the poets changed and how that influenced what they wrote.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

The poetry of past centuries by women. Their circumstances and their concerns. More recent writing and the development of poetry as social comment. Poetry from our own times in all its diversity from Sylvia Plath to Carol Ann Duffy , our first English female poet laureate.

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. Explain how the lives of female writers have changed over the centuries 2. Describe the constraints of society in past years 3. Recognise the transformative effect of freedom to speak and write 4. Evaluate the diversity of quality of poetry written by women.

How will I know I'm making progress?

By discussion throughout the course with fellow students and the tutor, by checking against the course objectives, and by asking relevant questions at all times, supplemented by end of course assessment.

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

No pre course reading is necessary.

Reading and information sources

None needed

What could the course lead to?

Relevant local FE, HE and OU courses, membership of local or national organisations

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Poetry: Women Poets Course Outline

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