Poetry Appreciation

Ref: C2337884

We will be using the new and exciting poetry anthology, 'The Map and the Clock',as our course book. The poems have been chosen by Carol Ann Duffy, the English Poet Laureate and Gillian Clarke, the Welsh Poet Laureate, and cover a huge range of poems from the year 600 up to the present day. We will read the poems and share in analysing them to increase our understanding and enjoyment, using some common technical terms to help the process. Where possible the poems will be enhanced by the use of CDs, DVDs and the Internet.

Course aim

The course is for anyone interested in enjoying a wide variety of British and Irish poems from the year 600 to the present day, sharing their interpretations with like-minded people.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • recognise and discuss with understanding some of the poems from the course book
  • describe some biographical details of the poets and their different cultural backgrounds to further our understanding of their work.
  • Be able to use at least 4 technical terms to describe poetic techniques.
  • join in small or whole group discussions, about the poems, proffering an opinion.
  • gain confidence to approach and analyse new or 'difficult' poems in the future

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • You will need the course book: 'The Map and the Clock' edited by Duffy and Clarke, published by Faber and Faber. We will continue to use it in the Spring Term . If you need help in obtaining it, please contact the tutor, via the office.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You might like to buy the book early and browse through it. It is much cheaper bought online.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • I encourage students to go to poetry readings and listen or watch relevant Radio and TV programmes.

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Poetry Appreciation


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