Taster: Poetry and Wellbeing - Great Poems (Exeter)

Ref: C3530570

What is the point of poetry? Why do we read it, and why do we write it? Is it essential to our wellbeing? This course includes the shared reading of some of the great poems, a running debate on how poets justify what they do, and the opportunity to compose poems of our own. We exchange views and definitions of poetry within a supportive workshop format, developing a more confident appreciation of expressive, literary language, and exploring our own creative, poetic imaginations through formal composition.

Course aim

We ask what poetry is for, and whether it is essential to our wellbeing as independent individuals. Is 'believing in poetry' essential for our happiness and health? We read celebrated poems, write our own poems and discuss the lives of the poets.

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:

  • Appreciate confidently the expressive nature of poetry.
  • Identify the key technical elements and features of poetic expression.
  • Develop a personal understanding of what poetry is for, and what it can achieve.
  • Compose poems with greater confidence and conviction.
  • Articulate how poetry might promote a sense of wellbeing.

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
  • 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 selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Progress to Jonathan's Poetry & Wellbeing courses in Exeter and Newton Abbot both beginning Monday 16th September.

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Taster: Poetry and Wellbeing - Great Poems (Exeter)

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  • 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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