The Short Stories and Poems of Thomas Hardy

Ref: C3741333

In 1888 Hardy published 'Wessex Tales, followed by three more volumes of short stories. He had been writing poetry from his youth, and in 1898, following the hostile reception of 'Jude the Obscure' he gave up writing novels and published 'Wessex Poems and other verses.' Hardy himself always considered that his true vocation lay in poetry. The course will study examples of both the prose and the poetry.

Course aim

To study a selection of the short stories and poems of Thomas Hardy.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Suggest reasons for the unpopularity of 'Jude the Obscure'.
  • Identify the elements which link Hardy's poetry and short stories.
  • Give reasons for the enduring popularity of the 'Wessex' themes in Hardy's prose and poetry.

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?

  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Bring copy of Hardy's Wessex Tales.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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The Short Stories and Poems of Thomas Hardy 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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