Illuminated Poems

Ref: C3672861

'To Illuminate' means 'to light up, make brighter' and the aim of this course is to provide inspiration for writing vibrant, dynamic poems. We will look at different aspects of illumination - use of light, colour, imagery, metaphor and simile, in published poems. These themes will provide starting points for writing new poems that shine and sparkle with life. We will also look at visions and dreams in the poems of William Blake and the Romantic poets, as well as more contemporary writers.

Course aim

This is a poetry writing and reading course for anyone who would like to write poems that are vibrant and dynamic.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and those with more experience. An interest in both writing and reading poetry is recommended.

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

  • Identify the course theme in a variety of published poems
  • Explore the use of methods of illumination in new poems
  • Have experience of using metaphors and similes in poems
  • Have written and redrafted 2 or 3 new poems on the course theme
  • Identify new ways to use light, colour and imagery in poetry writing

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.)
  • Writing materials - pen or pencil and paper/notebook

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
  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Illuminated Poems


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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