Exploring Themes in Poetry

Ref: C2339779

This course will focus on a selection of poems grouped under broad themes such as epiphanies or key moments of change. A booklet of relevant poems will be given to each student who will also have the opportunity to contribute additional poems on the theme. Through sharing ideas and comparing and contrasting poems, we shall explore what lies beneath surface meanings and the techniques poets use to achieve impact. Discussion, sometimes with the whole class at other times working in pairs, is an essential part of the process. Students are welcome to submit a written response to a poem if they wish but this is not compulsory.

Course aim

To share ideas on a selection of poems grouped under four broad themes such as epiphanies and by sharing ideas widen each student's appreciation of poetry.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • demonstrate a wider knowledge of poetry
  • explain why I prefer some poems to theirs
  • show a knowledge of poetic techniques
  • describe the relationship between form and content in poetry

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 encouraged to share ideas with others through contributing to discussions.

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?

  • A notebook and file for handouts would be useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Pre-reading is not essential but an interesting range of poems can be found in anthologies such as 'Being Alive' - ed. Neil Astley, published by Bloodaxe or 'The Zoo of the New', selected by Nick Laird and Don Paterson and published by Penguin.

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

Exploring Themes in Poetry

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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