Day School: The Poetry of Plants and Gardens

Ref: C3741274

Plants and gardens have played an important role in the poetic imagination for centuries. In this friendly workshop you will have the opportunity to read and discuss a range of poems on horticultural themes.

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 about plants and gardens with examples from different eras and cultures.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • A workshop for those interested in poetry, plants and gardens.

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

  • 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.
  • Consider and explain how poets use gardening metaphors to explore their concerns.

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 gardens or poetry. Simply bring a notepad and pen, and an openness to learning more.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required. You may wish to look at the following prior to the workshop: Garden Poems, Edited by John Hollander; Flora Poetica: The Chatto Book of Botanical Verse, Edited by Sarah Maguire

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

Download full course outline

Day School: The Poetry of Plants and Gardens 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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