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.

Who is the course for?

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

What topics will this course cover

- 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 will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

How will I know I'm making progress?

- 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, do or bring?

- 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.

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 could the course lead to?

- Progress to another WEA course - Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation - You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/ - Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Poetry 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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