Modern Welsh Poetry

Ref: C3125790

This course will explore the scope and variety of Modern Welsh Poetry (in English). Students will be offered a reading list and will be able to deepen and broaden their knowledge of the subject. there will be opportunity to look at critical comment, where appropriate, and listen to the poets reading their own work, where available. Connections to other national poetries, Scottish, for example, will be made and the comparisons should prove fruitful. The course will start with the poetry of Dylan Thomas and Vernon Watkins (post Second World War) and include the work of R.S.Thomas, Gillian Clarke, Oliver Reynolds, Gwyneth Lewis, Menna Elfin, Deryn Rees-Jones, Owen Sheers and the current Welsh National Poet Ifor ap Glyn. For anyone who loves poetry and/ or Wales this should prove an entertaining course. No great knowledge is required but an enthusiasm for reading and discussing poetry will be important.

Course aim

This course will provide a brief introduction to Modern Welsh poetry (in English) and encourage wider reading of Dylan Thomas, Gillian Clarke, Owen Sheers and other popular poets.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • recognise and name the work of half a dozen Welsh poets
  • recognise certain trends and themes in their poetry
  • account for the nature of dissent in Welsh poetry
  • account for the emergence of women poets in Wales
  • encourage others to read Welsh 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
  • 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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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
  • Any good anthology of Welsh poetry would be a starting point or individual volumes of favourite poets.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Modern Welsh Poetry


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