5 Poets in 5 Weeks

Ref: C2339498

Whether you feel nostalgic for poetry you loved at school, or have always wondered what other people see in poetry, this friendly, informal course could be for you. Our first session will explore the powerful works of Ted Hughes; then student choice will be a strong factor in determining our direction. Close reading and lively debate are guaranteed.

Course aim

To provide an opportunity for students both to revisit favourite poets and poems, and to make new discoveries in poetry.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students who love other art forms but find poetry - whether classic poetry or contemporary forms - alien or intimidating are especially welcome. There will be background information provided and no special knowledge will be taken for granted.

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

  • Know something of the writing lives of the five poets chosen by the group.
  • Be more confident about reading poems closely for their use of form, language and sound.
  • Express an informed opinion about my own tastes in poetry, including poems that have taken me beyond my 'comfort zone'.
  • (Optional) Write in prose or verse on a theme inspired by one of the poems read on the course.

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

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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • There will be a small booklet prepared for each chosen poet. Internet access would be useful so that materials can be distributed in advance and so that class members can exchange ideas, but this is not essential.

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
  • It's a good opportunity to sort out any poetry books you have at home, to see what's online, and to investigate the nearest library.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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5 Poets in 5 Weeks


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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