Day School: UK Poetry since World War Two

Ref: C2227161

Modern British poetry is interesting, accessible and enjoyable. Poets have engaged with the world around them and have also reflected, and been reflective of the impact of a changing social and political era. They have also all developed their own distinctive voices. Today we will explore a wide range of poets from the period since 1945 to the present day. Poets to be considered will be: Philip Larkin, Elizabeth Jennings, Ted Hughes,Sylvia Plath, Seamus Heaney Wendy Cope, , Carol Ann Duffy, and Simon Armitage.

Additional information about this course

11:30 - 11:40 Coffee Break 1:20 - 2:00 Lunch 3:20 - 3:30 Coffee Break

Course aim

An exploration of the work of some important British poets since 1945.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Appreciate the wide variety of post war British poetry
  • Approach texts with an enhanced critical awareness
  • Express my opinions about poetry with some confidence

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?

  • 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

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Day School: UK Poetry since World War Two

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