Philip Larkin - the man, his writings and jazz

Ref: C2420630

Philip Larkin is considered to be one of the greatest poets writing in English in during the second half of the 20th century. Less well known are his two novels, his essays, criticism and his writings on his lifelong passion, jazz. Today we will make a close study of a selection his finest poetry, as well as exploring his novels and his varied prose writings. We will also listen to recordings of him reading some of his poems, as well as some of the jazz which he admired.

Course aim

The aim of the course is to provide an understanding and appreciation of the writings of Philip Larkin within the context of his life.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • have an understanding of the life and poetry of Philip Larkin.
  • have an awareness of Larkin's other writings.
  • express my opinions with a greater critical understanding.

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?

  • Feedback will be provided informally during the day.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

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
  • An awareness of Philip Larkin's poems, novels and essays would be useful.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Philip Larkin - the man, his writings and jazz


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