More Themes in Poetry

Ref: C2340668

Following the pattern of the autumn term, this course will focus on poems grouped under broad themes. Each student will receive a booklet of the relevant poems and will be given the opportunity to contribute additional poems to each theme. Through sharing ideas and comparing and contrasting poems, we shall explore deeper layers of meaning beneath the surface and consider techniques poets use to achieve impact. Discussion, sometimes with the whole class, sometimes working in pairs, will be an essential part of the process. Students will be 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 three broad themes such as people and environments and as a result of this sharing to 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 others
  • 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 a file for handouts would be useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Pre-reading is not essential but you might like to dip into an anthology such as 'Being Alive' or 'Earth Shattering' both edited by Neil Astley 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

More Themes in Poetry


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