Appreciating the Romantics

Ref: C2226716

Introduction to the study of poetry. Initial exploration of the social background and Romantic theories of poetry, supported by reading and discussion of a few examples of poetry written in the period before 1798. Detailed exploration of: some of Blake’s shorter lyrics; a number of Wordsworth's shorter Lyrical Ballads and extracts from his Preface, 'Tintern Abbey', 'Ode on Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood', sonnets, 'The Prelude'; Coleridge's ideas about the Imagination, extracts from 'The Ancient Mariner' and 'Kubla Khan'; Keats - extracts from letters, extracts from 'The Eve of St. Agnes', sonnets, short lyrics, Odes including 'To a Nightingale', 'On a Grecian Urn', 'To Autumn'; Shelley - extracts from political pamphlets, 'A Defence of Poetry' and 'Queen Mab'; 'The Mask of Anarchy', Sonnets, 'Ode to a Skylark, 'Ode to the West Wind'; Byron - a few short lyrics, Preface to 'Don Juan' and extracts.

Additional information about this course

No sessions on 20/05/2020 or 27/05/2020.

Course aim

Introduces the poetry of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley and Byron, showing how they responded to radical changes in their world while creating a revolution in poetry itself.

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:

  • Select any reading and analysis of poetry with greater confidence, understanding and enjoyment.
  • Recognise how poetry is peculiarly fit for the communication of intense feelings and experiences as well as ideas and be able to refer to a range of English Romantic poetry in discussing this.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of a poet's use of language in conveying experience, recognising how form and content interact, and interpreting metaphor and allusion in literature with greater ease.
  • Recognise and discuss the continuing influence of Romantic ideas.
  • Articulate personal responses to poetry that are both passionate and supported by evidence from the text.

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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • 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
  • 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

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Appreciating the Romantics

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