Poetry Adventure 3

Ref: C3529034

What makes a classic? Which poets get into the canon, and how many stay there? Examine great writing in a critical way, questioning the texts and the standards applied to them over the years. Includes broad selection of writers, from Chaucer to the modern age. No experience necessary. Course Outline (provisional): 1. Introduction. 2. Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1343-1400). Includes Bath illustrations and Wife of Bath character from the General Prologue. 3. William Shakespeare (1564-1616). 4. John Donne (1572-1631). 5. William Cowper (1731-1800). 6. The Romantics (Coleridge, Wordsworth). 7. Lord Byron (1788-1824). 8. John Clare (1793-1864). 8. Christina Rossetti (1830-1894). 9. Idris Davies (1905-1953). 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
  • Must be able to read English.

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

  • Define the units of a traditional sonnet.
  • Describe John Donne’s use of Newfoundland.
  • Name Jane Austen’s favourite poet.
  • Analyse Lord Byron’s use of triple rhyme.
  • Say who wrote “30 Bob a Week” (“This poem has haunted me all my life”—T.S. Eliot).

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
  • People will be expected to keep up with the reading and to contribute in class discussions (if they wish to do so).

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
  • All materials will be provided

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 “Poetry Adventure” course by the same tutor in the following term.

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Poetry Adventure 3


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