Dylan Thomas

Ref: C3742840

This course, presented by an experienced prize-winning writer, is about Dylan Thomas's well-known radio drama, Under Milk Wood. We will listen to the famous radio recording, and analyse together how Thomas achieves his effects of comedy and pathos. We will trace a little of the history of the genre of the poetic radio play, listening to a brief recording from Louis MacNeice's The Dark Tower, and we will read some of Thomas's poems to show the differences in style between them and his dramatic writing. There will be some discussion of Dylan Thomas's troubled life but the focus will be on his work.

Course aim

This course is primarily about Dylan Thomas's radio play, Under Milk Wood. We will listen to recordings, analyse its comedy, pathos and wordplay, study the characteristics of the literary radio play as a genre.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Discuss the themes and style of Under Milk Wood through close reading
  • Understand the main techniques of the radio play and how the genre differs from prose narration
  • Discern the links Dylan Thomas makes between comedy, pathos and love
  • Discuss the accusation made against Dylan Thomas that this play is prejudiced against the Welsh
  • Compare Under Milk Wood to other works of liteature such as Thomas's poetry and to the radio drama by Louis Macneice..

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

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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A copy of Under Milk Wood, by Dylan Thomas (edited by Wilfred Davies), Penguin Other editions will do but may make it more difficult to follow page references.

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Dylan Thomas

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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