For Your Delight - 8 weeks of Poetry Appreciation

Ref: C3528686

W.H. Auden wrote the words 'for your delight' in his poem 'Look, Stranger!' He wants us to delight in his depiction of the island where the 'leaping light' plays on the sea. Wordsworth also believed that poetry should delight the reader. Come and explore a variety of poets old and new to enjoy their work and deepen your own understanding of how poetry can inspire and sustain. Reassess some poems you already know and relish some you have not read before.

Course aim

An exploration of the different ways in which poetry can delight the reader, to deepen appreciation of reading poetry outside the classroom.

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:

  • Evaluate a new poem and describe the ways in which the poet has set out to delight the reader
  • Recommend 3 poems to a friend that would delight them
  • List 5 poets new to you that you have studied this term.

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
  • There is no set homework, but students are encouraged to read around the topic at home. However, this is entirely optional.

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?

  • Liz to decide on poetry book to cost under £15.00

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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For Your Delight - 8 weeks of Poetry Appreciation


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