Day School: Women Poets

Ref: C3741271

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to examine a range of poems by modern women poets from Britain and American, discussing areas of contrast and continuity. This will include poems by Stevie Smith, Sylvia Plath, Vicki Feaver and Carol Ann Duffy. Amongst other areas, we will look at the way particular women poets have drawn on myth and fairytale in their work.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To read and discuss a range of poems by some key women poets of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This workshop is for those who enjoy reading and discussing poetry.

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

  • Discuss areas of contrast and continuity between key women poets from the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Explain some of the ways that particular women poets have drawn on myth and fairytale in their work.
  • Explain some differences in formal approach by a range of women poets.

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?

  • Informal feedback will be given as appropriate.

What else do I need to know?

  • The workshop does not assume in-depth knowledge about poetry. Simply bring a notepad and pen, an openness to learning more.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre course reading is required, but you may wish to read Consorting with Angels, Essays on Modern Women Poets by Deryn Rees-Jones

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

Download full course outline

Day School: Women Poets Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • 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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