Day School: Who Were the Romantics?

Ref: C2227103

In this course we will explore how the formality of the 18th century gave way to a relatively more informal and experimental age in society, involving a change in social manners, political attitudes, painting, garden design, novels and poems, and we will examine the impact of technological change on all these things. We will also consider how these shifts in attitudes and feelings are still influencing us today. We will of course look at Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, but also look at lesser known and influential writers including female authors. The course will be entertaining and as interactive as people want it to be, providing plenty of opportunities to ask questions and share opinions.

Course aim

To introduce the principles and ideas that characterize the Romantic movement in art, literature and politics in the 18th & 19th centuries.

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:

  • Have an awareness of the changes that happened in British society in most aspects of life throughout the 18th & 19th centuries.
  • Understand what is meant by the term "Romantic" when applied to the arts and views of the individual.
  • Understand and discuss particular poems and novel excerpts in terms of what the authors were trying to say and how they were expressing their thought and feelings.

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
  • All materials will be provided

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

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Day School: Who Were the Romantics?

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  • 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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