In this workshop you will have the opportunity to examine a range of poems by modern women poets from Britain and American, discussing areas of contrast and continuity. This will include poems by H.D, Charlotte Mew, Stevie Smith, Sylvia Plath, Sharon Olds, Vicki Feaver and Carol Ann Duffy. We will discuss the notion of 'confessional' poetry, as well as considering ways that women poets have used the dramatic monologue and drawn on myth and fairytale in their work.

Course aim

To read and discuss a range of poems by some key women poets of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed. This workshop is for those who enjoy reading and discussing poetry.

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

  • Discuss areas of contrast and continuity between key women poets from the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Explain some differences in formal approach by a range of women poets.
  • Be aware of how poets create dramatic personae and employ dramatic monologues in their work.
  • Explain some of the ways that particular women poets have drawn on myth and fairytale in their work.

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 assess your progress. You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor.

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring a pen and writing pad, and a copy of the anthology 'Modern Women Poets' edited by Deryn Rees-Jones (Bloodaxe Books, 2005), which we will be using during the course.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre-reading is required, but we will be using the anthology 'Modern Women Poets' edited by Deryn Rees-Jones. You may also wish to look at 'Consorting with Angels, Essays on Modern Women Poets', also by Deryn Rees-Jones.

What can I do next?

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Poetry

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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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