Poetry Adventure 2

Ref: C3529033

This course looks at poems about all sorts of art—paintings, statues and, of course, poetry itself. The course includes one long poem and a case study of “Ars Poetica” works. It will feature writers such as Keats, Hardy, Yeats, Rilke, and many more. No experience necessary. Course Outline (provisional): 1. Introduction. 2. W.B. Yeats: “The Municipal Gallery Revisited”. 3. Statues. 4. Death. 5. Modern Art, Modern Poetry. 6. Ars Poetica #1. 7. Ars Poetica #2. 8. Titian, Donne, and George Szirtes. 9. Winter Landscapes. 10. Conclusion.

Course aim

To explore the links between poetry, history and the individual. We will read a text closely; be it poem, criticism, film or painting. We will then examine that text in its literary and historical context.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • State which poet said “You must change your life”.
  • Describe Hugh Lane’s collection and what happened to it.
  • Define “Ars Poetica”.
  • Name the poet and art critic who wrote “Why I am Not a Painter”.
  • List some poets’ reactions to the Elgin Marbles.

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • People will be expected to keep up with the reading and to contribute in class discussions (if they wish to do so).

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
  • There will be a “Classic Poets” course by the same tutor in the following term.

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Poetry Adventure 2


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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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