Appreciating the Romantics – A brief study of , Blake, Wordsworth and Coleridge.

Ref: C2227447

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, and, if time, extracts from 'The Ancient Mariner' and 'Kubla Khan'.

Course aim

Introduces the poetry of Blake, Wordsworth and, if time, Coleridge, 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?

  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: and
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit:
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for students on the Billericay, Essex, Branch.

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

  • Approach any reading and analysis of poetry with greater confidence, understanding and enjoyment.
  • Recognise how the English Romantic Poets were able to communicate intense feelings and experiences as well as ideas.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of their use of language in conveying experience, recognising how form and content interact.
  • Recognise and discuss the continuing influence of Romantic ideas.
  • Articulate personal responses.

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?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit:
  • 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

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Appreciating the Romantics – A brief study of , Blake, Wordsworth and Coleridge.

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