More Poetry of the Romantic Era

Ref: C2226244

During The Romantic Period (roughly 1750-1830) there was a rich flowering of imaginative poetry. Many scholars considered this a reaction to the neo-classicism of Alexander Pope and William Cowper. We will continue to read poems from 'The Penguin Book of Romantic Poetry' and, as the Course is a continuation from last term, I will aim to choose poems that we have not already covered. However, I will be aware that if the Class has new members, we will reread a selection of the most important poems. Returning members will also gain fresh insights from revisiting key poems. In addition, in view of the hundreth anniversary of the end of the First World War, there was an interest in reading a selection of First World War poems. Where time permits I will weave these into the Course.

Course aim

The Course explores poetry written during the Romantic Period 1750-1830. The aim is to read, discuss and analyse poems from the Anthology.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • All that is needed is a love of reading poetry, or, for new readers, a discovery of its pleasures.

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

  • Analyse a poem by exploring poetic techniques
  • Explore a variety of poetic forms, eg sonnet, ballad, dramatic monologue
  • Explain the role of the Speaker within a poem
  • Describe the theme/central idea within a poem
  • Identify a poem's dominant elements, for example setting, tone and how it is constructed

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?

  • 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.)
  • A copy of 'The Penguin Book of Romantic Poetry' Edited by Jonathan and Jessica Wordsworth, Penguin Books: 2001

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • All that is needed is an interest in exploring poetry with other WEA students.

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
  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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More Poetry of the Romantic Era


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