Looking at life through poetry

Ref: C2227135

It is deeply satisfying when we read a poem and realise that the poet is describing thoughts and experiences we recognize as our own but could never have expressed in that way for ourselves. In this short course we will look at how a number of poets write about life experiences which are common to us all. We will discuss whether their responses reflect our own, or whether they challenge us to consider the experience from a new perspective. We will look at a wide range of poetry, old and new, serious and humorous, and explore closely not only what the poet says but, significantly, how they say it. Whether you love poetry or have never understood what all the fuss is about, this is a course with something for everyone.

Course aim

Robert Frost stated that "Poetry begins in delight and ends in wisdom". In this 5 week course we will explore how poets respond to universal experiences, discovering the techniques poets use to communicate their ideas effectively and memorably.

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:

  • Explain with close reference to a poem how the style of a poem is crucial to our understanding and appreciation of the content.
  • Identify a number of different verse forms and be able to comment on and justify the reason for the poet's choice of a particular form.
  • Describe and use the terminology for devices and techniques used by poets, such as metaphorical devices, different form of rhythm etc.
  • Recognise and identify the use of devices and techniques within a poem and to evaluate their effect.
  • Apply your knowledge to poems of your own choice.

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
  • This is not an assessed course, and the poems to be studied will be provided. Students will be encouraged, however, to undertake wider reading of poems either suggested in the session or of their own choice.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • 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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Looking at life through poetry

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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