The Poetry of Plants and Gardens

Ref: C3741146

Plants and gardens have inspired the poetic imagination for centuries. In this friendly and supportive class, we will read and discuss a range of work about plants and gardens by poets from different eras, from Andrew Marvell to Seamus Heaney. Topics will include: Garden Paradises, the Garden and Love, Inner Gardens, Flower Language and Flower Folklore. There will also be opportunities for participants to write and share their own poems if they wish.

Course aim

To read and discuss a wide range of poems about plants and gardens with examples from different eras and cultures.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • Those interested in poetry, plants and gardens.

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

  • Recognise and describe some of the different ways that poets have explored ideas about plants and gardens through their work.
  • Compare plant and garden poems from different eras and cultures.
  • Analyse poems and discuss them within a group.

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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • The course does not assume in-depth knowledge about gardens or poetry. It is simply important to bring an openness to learning more. Please bring a notebook and pen.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • You may wish to look at the following which we will be drawing on during the course: Garden Poems, Edited by John Hollander; Flora Poetica: The Chatto Book of Botanical Verse, Edited by Sarah Maguire

What can I do next?

  • Further literature courses, creative writing courses, or those related to gardens and gardening.

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The Poetry of Plants and Gardens

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