Poetry Appreciation: Fourteen Centuries of Verse

Ref: C2338743

This course is continuing from the Autumn Term and uses the same course book, The Map and the Clock, with poems from Great Britain spread over fourteen centuries. The students will read a variety of poems from the year 600 to the twenty- first century and explore their meanings. Useful poetic terms and techniques will be explained and used where relevant. Sharing poetry and hearing a variety of suggestions and interpretations is an excellent way to enjoy poetry whether you are new to it or experienced. There is something for everyone in this friendly group.

Course aim

To share in interpreting and enjoying a wide range of Poetry

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 poets work
  • Describe some biographical details of the poets and their different backgrounds
  • Be able to use at least 4 poetic terms to describe poetic techniques
  • Join in with small or whole group discussions, profering an opinion
  • Gain confidence to approach and analyse new and "difficult" poetry

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?

  • Please bring a copy of the course book with you. The book is: The Map and the Clock chosen by Carol Ann.Duffy and Gilliian Clarke. Published by Faber and Faber ISBN: 978-0-571-27707-0

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Poetry Appreciation: Fourteen Centuries of Verse


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