Five More Great Poets of the Twentieth Century

Ref: C3673535

A selection of favourite poems by A.E.Housman, Thomas Hardy, D.H.Lawrence, R.S.Thomas and Edward Thomas. The poems will be enjoyed, analysed and discussed. Poems from previous courses will not be repeated. No previous poetry reading experience required. Suitable for all levels.

Course aim

To learn about the work of 5 major poets of the twentieth Century: A.E.Housman, Thomas Hardy, D.H.Lawrence, R.S.Thomas and Edward Thomas

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Read and understand a selection of poetry by these poets, and be able to analyse poems using some of the techniques of literary criticism
  • Understand something of the historical and social context in which they wrote
  • Appreciate how knowing something about the lives of the poets can help an understanding of the poetry, or not, as the case may be.
  • Read poetry aloud with some attempt at feeling and intonation (or listen to others reading aloud)
  • and share ideas, opinions and interpretations with the group.

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?

  • 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?

  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • You may like to bring along your own anthologies, but copies of the poems 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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Five More Great Poets of the Twentieth Century

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