Poetry Writing Myths & Legends

Ref: C3672862

From Dante to Carol Ann Duffy, poets have made use of myths and legends to create poems. Many poems are re-tellings of myths and legends, from Greek and Roman legends to contemporary urban myths and local folk tales that have been carried on through centuries. This course will explore the theme, looking at a variety of poems from many different poets, considering how they have handled the material, and using these as a basis for creating new poems.

Course aim

This course will look at how myths and legends have been used as the subject of poems through history, and how they can be used as inspiration for writing new poems.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • An interest in both reading and writing poetry would be useful.

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

  • Have a basic knowledge of the use of myths and legends in poems
  • Appreciate the wide range of styles and interpretations of myths and legends in poetry
  • Write new poems inspired by myths and legends
  • Have researched at least one poet who uses myths and legends in their poems
  • Develop a personal mythology of themes and ideas to use in writing 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
  • Students are encouraged to bring poems for 'workshopping' sessions - where they will receive feedback from both students and tutor.

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.)
  • please bring writing materials - pen and paper or notebook.

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
  • 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

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Poetry Writing Myths & Legends


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