Poetry of the 1920s

Ref: C3741581

The course aim will be to offer students an insight into the change and development of poetry after the First World War, which was a time of great cultural and social upheaval. We shall examine the ways in which these changes impacted on poetry and what were the new directions that poetry took. The focus will be on poetry from Great Britain and America during the decade. We shall look back at the roots of the modernist movement in poetry and the ways in which poets from this time challenged what they regarded as the excesses of their Victorian predecessors. We shall explore what was new and exciting in their work. We shall also look at some poems by women and the important contributions they made. We shall examine some of the greatest works by the War Poets published during the1920s and their impact on the development of the poetry of the time.

Course aim

We shall look at the background and development of the modernist movement in poetry during the 1920s as well as some important works by the War Poets.

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:

  • Recognise the influence of modernism on the poetry of the period
  • Learn about a range of important poetry from Great Britain and America written during the 1920s
  • Develop skills and confidence in discussing and appreciating poetry
  • Become familiar with some of the most significant poems and poets of the decade
  • Become familiar with significant aspects of social and cultural change during the 1920s

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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

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Poetry of the 1920s


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