Branch Event - Birds and the Landscape in English Literature

Ref: C3743096

Throughout the ages, English writers have responded to the landscape around them and the birds within it, reflecting contemporary ideas about both. Some wrote about the birds and places themselves, others used them as symbols of something else. Find out why Shakespeare's King Lear calls his daughter Goneril a "detested kite" and how Defoe's "wildest, most barren and frightful place" became Wordsworth's sublime inspiration, where a rainbow could make his "heart leap up."

Course aim

To provide a brief introduction to how English writers have responded to the landscape around them and the birds within it.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Compare how 3 writers used landscape in their writing
  • Discuss why Shakespeare's King Lear called his daughter Goneril
  • Compare Defoe's and Wordsworth's description of the same landscape

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?

  • Nothing else is needed

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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Branch Event - Birds and the Landscape in English Literature

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