Day School: Poetry

Ref: C3741555

This course will have four sessions in which we will meet a variety of English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish poems. The poems will be wide-ranging, from better-known to lesser-known, and from recent to older writing. We will discuss how language is used, how the poets influence us when we read their work, and how they get their effects. We will consider how regional backgrounds can lead to distinctive local voices. Everyone attending will end up with a printout of every poem and a summary to form an anthology for the day. This is a day for enjoyment through learning.

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

Exploring the poetry of the British Isles, and the things that make much Scottish and Irish poetry distinct from English and Welsh. Celebrating some of the wonderful poetry from our shores.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • appreciate the wealth of poetry written by poets from the British Isles
  • recognise different styles of writing
  • evaluate poetic writing

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?

  • We will discuss interesting aspects as we go and the tutor will answer any question throughout the day

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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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Day School: Poetry

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