The Presence of the Past - Exploring Poetry From Hardy to Eliot

Ref: C3741601

Through a selection of the poetry and other writings of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thomas Hardy, W B Yeats, and T S Eliot we explore some of the cultural and literary developments that both shaped and were shaped by these writers during the period. We shall attempt to de-mystify the reputation of 'difficult poetry' that some of these works have gained, and reveal the enduring power that they continue to exert on the imagination of readers.

Course aim

This course is for anyone wishing to broaden their experience of late 19th and early 20th century poetry.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • A love of literature and an interest in the cultural and historical contexts that produce it is the main requirement.

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

  • describe some of the historical and cultural contexts into and out of which a selection of late 19th and early 20th century poets were writing
  • demonstrate familiarity with some poetic devices and techniques used in the production of meaning
  • identify aspects of some contemporary literary developments with which these poets were engaging

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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • You will need to provide your own copies of poetry collections to be studied.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • We will be starting with the works of G Manley Hopkins

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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The Presence of the Past - Exploring Poetry From Hardy to Eliot 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
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  • 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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