Celtic Love Poetry

Ref: C3125905

This course is all about enjoying modern love poetry from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Students will have the chance to read, recite and discuss the work of key figures from the Celtic lands (Seamus Heaney, Douglas Dunn and Gillian Clarke) but there will be the opportunity to share the work of other modern Celtic poets. Students are encouraged to bring along their favourite Celtic love poems and present them to the group with a bit of background information, if known. The tutor will provide a central core of material that should have a wide appeal. If you love reading and discussing poetry and enjoy the literatures of the Celtic poets then this is for you.

Course aim

This course is for those who love reading and reciting poetry and will focus on the modern (post-Yeats) love poetry of Ireland, Scotland and Wales to widen your enjoyment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for everyone who enjoys reading and discussing poetry.

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

  • recognise and name half a dozen Celtic poets.
  • talk knowledgeably about the literatures of the Celtic lands
  • identify some of the themes and imagery that make Celtic poetries unique

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 wil have the opportunity to research Celtic poetries and find out new poets to read and enjoy.

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?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • 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
  • Students should seek out anthologies of contemporary Irish, Scottish and Welsh poetry. These are available from local libraries but there are also national poetry sites on the Internet which can easily be located through Google, for instance.

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • A WEA course on "The Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer is being considered for the autumn term.

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Celtic Love Poetry


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