Literature: Day School: Ted Hughes - Notions and Images of Nature in his Poetry

Ref: C3741757

This course by a widely published prize winning poet provides an introduction to the poetry of Ted Hughes, regarded by many as one of the greatest poets poets of the Twentieth Century. It focuses on close reading and discussion of individual poems, and from this draws out Hughes' treatment of themes from rural England, his descriptions of animals, his style, his unsentimental notion of nature and man's place in it, his relation to nineteenth century realism, and his more mystical ideas about creation. The course will take the form of readings by the tutor followed by class discussion.

Course aim

This course by a widely published prize winning poet provides an introduction to the poetry of Ted Hughes, regarded by many as one of the greatest poets poets of the Twentieth Century

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:

  • Appreciate a selection of poems by Ted Hughes
  • Understand his idea of poetry as energy
  • Be able to explain his realistic notion of nature

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
  • The feedback will be a mix of tutor comment and ideas contributed by the class during discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • A handout of poems to be discussed in detail will be provided, but if you can, you should also look at a selected or collected edition of Hughes' poems.

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Literature: Day School: Ted Hughes - Notions and Images of Nature in his Poetry Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

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  • 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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