More Poetry and Landscape

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‘The British landscape has inspired some of the most powerful and unforgettable poetry ever written’. So writes Owen Sheers, the Editor of A Poet’s Guide to Britain, (Penguin Classics, 2010), which is the required text for this course. The Anthology includes poems from a wide range of historical periods, taking us on a journey across the length and breadth of the British Isles. We will discuss ways in which a poetic response to a wide variety of topographies, both urban and rural, can deepen our own ‘conversation’ with the landscapes that surround us.

Additional information about this course

Half term break on 01/11/2019

Course aim

The Course will introduce students to a wide range of landscape poetry, ranging across the British Isles.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • The Course is for anyone who is interested in studying poetry inspired by the British landscape. We will explore ways in which a wide range of poets use specific techniques to enhance a reader's response to a rich variety of landscapes.

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

  • Analyse a poem, identifying ways in which it reflects the spirit of a specific place.
  • Suggest ways in which the specific form of each poem is contributing to its overall meaning.
  • Identify specific poetic techniques (a Handout will be provided)
  • Describe how the above techniques are working within a specific poem to enhance its meaning.
  • Explore the tone of each poem and how this is contributing to meaning

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
  • The course will be accompanied by a DVD. The Anthology is divided into six Sections and Owen Sheers introduces each Section, discussing the lead poem in detail and interviewing selected poets.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • The Tutor will select poems from next week's Section for students to read in advance if they wish but this is not compulsory.

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.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • If you have acquired the Anthology in advance of the Course, you might like to read some of the poems to get a feel for the variety of landscapes we will be exploring.

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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More Poetry and Landscape

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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