Art and Poetry of The 1st World War

Ref: C3528496

This day-school will help students establish a critical appreciation of the lives and work of early 20th century poets and artists, and recognise their development as they respond to key political, economic and social changes brought on by the 1st World War.

Course aim

Exploring poets & artists of the 1st World War with particular reference to writers: Edward Thomas, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon & Isaac Rosenberg and to artists: Percy Wyndham Lewis, C R Nevinson, Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash and others.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • Those interested in Poetry, art and history.

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

  • Discuss and understand the lives and work of Poets & Artists during this period in history.
  • Assess the connections between the artists and poets of this period.
  • Examine and appraise the work of these artists and poets.
  • Work in a group to discuss and analyse relevant themes and ideas.
  • Describe the ideas of the new Modernist development.

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?

  • Group discussion, questions and answers. Advise on further reading and courses.

What else do I need to know?

  • Bring a packed lunch.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Matthew Hollis, 2011, Now All Roads Lead to France, The Last Years of Edward Thomas. David Boyd Haycock, A Crisis of Brilliance, Five Young British Artists & The Great War. The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry

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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Art and Poetry of The 1st World War


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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