Poetry Writing - Contemporary Poetry

Ref: C3672460

This course will explore the contemporary 'voice' in poetry. Through reading and discussing a wide range of international poetry, we will consider the construction of poems, formal and informal techniques, lineation and stanza structure. We will also look at what makes a poem work, considering originality and risk taking.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

This course will look at contemporary poetry, its language, themes and forms, as inspiration for writing new poems.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • An interest in both reading and writing contemporary poetry

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

  • Appreciate a variety of contemporary poems by international published poets
  • Understand some of the common features of contemporary poems
  • Write new poems inspired by close readings of contemporary poems
  • Try out different styles of poetry writing, eg experiment with lineation and form
  • Have produced, workshopped and redrafted two or three new poems

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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Bring a pen and notebook or writing paper

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

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Poetry writing groups Local open mic sessions Arvon courses Poetry School courses

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Poetry Writing - Contemporary Poetry Course Outline

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • 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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