Taster - A beginners introduction to poetry appreciation

Ref: C3530144

This is a taster course for people who want to know more about poetry and learn to appreciate it more. We will examine four questions about poetry - what is it, what should it look like, why do we need to read all that stuff into it and how do I learn more about it. There will be a variety of suggestions for learning how to understand poetry which we will try out in class by reading of selection of poems together and sharing our thoughts. The taster offers the chance for a relaxed examination of some fantastic poems in a supportive group. What's not to like?

Additional information about this course

This taster is also running on Wednesday 7th November 2018. The activity reference number is C3529553.

Course aim

To offer a variety of easy ways to learn to appreciate poetry by reading a choice of poems and applying some suggestions for getting inside a poem

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • List four main features of poetry
  • Explain the benefits of analysing poetry
  • Apply 3 ways of appreciating poetry to an unseen poem

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

What else do I need to know?

  • you may want to make notes so please bring a pen and paper or notepad

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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

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Taster - A beginners introduction to poetry appreciation

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  • 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
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