The Poetry of John Keats

Ref: C3741291

Keats is one of Britain's best loved literary figures and known to be one of the foremost poets of the Romantic age. Through close analysis of a selection of his poems, we will consider the poetic techniques that shaped his work and influenced the times. We will also be developing the skills of poetry analysis that we can carry forward.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

We will study a selection of John Keats' poetry and develop a deeper understanding of the way he creates meaning. We will assess his place as a key Romantic poet and develop analytic skills that can be carried forward into our appreciation of poetry.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • read and discuss a selection of Keats' poetry
  • describe some of the ways in which Keats uses poetic techniques to create meaning
  • extend my knowledge of how to analyse a poem and enhance my understanding
  • evaluate Keats' place as a key Romantic poet

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?

  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • A course booklet will be provided by the tutor at a small cost; it will contain all the texts we will be studying. In addition please bring the usual stationery for note-taking

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • It is hoped that at the end of the course students will approach their reading of poetry with renewed confidence.

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The Poetry of John Keats


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