Modern Poetry and beyond

Ref: C2338454

The course will start from my own experience as a would-be poet of the sixties when both The Mersey Sound and Geordie poets were at the forefront of contemporary verse. It will then look at a more predominantly female line of poetry, using Grace Nichols, Imtiaz Dharker and Mimi Khalvati, whose use of the Gharzal form has been compared in stringency to that of The Petrachan sonnet. We will also include Kate Tempest, performer of Let Them Eat Chaos and guest director of this year's Brighton Festival. Other modern poets, chosen by the group will be welcomed.

Course aim

This is a continuation of the Autumn course on Modern Poetry and looks, amongst other things, at the rise of performance poetry, and modern female poets.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • You will be someone who likes reading and listening to modern poetry.

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

  • Discuss the rise and development of performance poetry.
  • Discus the rise and development of modern female poets.
  • Read poetry aloud, either in small groups, or in a small class setting.
  • Engage in a critical appraisal of late Twentieth Century and Twenty-first Century poetry, both spoken and written.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Students will be encouraged to bring their own choice of poets and poems to the class.

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • If you already have A Choice of Poets from the Autumn course, that will be useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • The tutor has some ideas about what he hopes to cover during the course and will suggest reading to help students to know about them in advance, eg on performance poetry.

What can I do next?

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Modern Poetry and beyond


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