Poetry Appreciation: Contemporary American Poetry

Ref: C2341716

This term we will be using an most interesting anthology: Poetry 180, a Turning Back to Poetry, selected by one of America's most popular poets, Billy Collins. when he was Poet Laureate of the United States. We will read the poems, aloud (if you are happy to) and silently, before discussing them to find different interpretations and also look at the construction of the poem. I will add biographical details of the poets. This a very friendly class. I aim to create a relaxed atmosphere in which students feel comfortable to share their ideas - there's always more than one way to interpret a good poem! You don't have to have read poetry before; an open mind and life experience are useful.

Additional information about this course

Actual venue is Bishop Street Methodist Church

Course aim

Our anthology contains 20th century, mainly American, poetry. This is an opportunity to sample the best of modern poetry, some rhyming, some not, with added information on the poets' lives and their techniques. There is something for everyone.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • A reasonable level of English is helpful.

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

  • Recognise and discuss with understanding some of the poets' work
  • Describe some biographical details of the poets and their different backgrounds
  • Be able to use at least 4 poetic terms to describe poetic techniques
  • Join in with small or whole group discussions, proffering an opinion
  • Have gained the confidence to approach and analyse new and "difficult" poetry with ENJOYMENT

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

What else do I need to know?

  • You will need a copy of the course book: Poetry 180. Selected by Billy Collins. Published by Random House in 2003 ISBN: 0-8129-6887-5 This is a paperback book. If you can use the Internet I recommend trying Amazon Marketplace for a 2nd hand copy or contact the office for the tutor's help.

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
  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • I will highlight TV and radio programmes of interest, news and magazine articles and poetry readings and events locally.

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Poetry Appreciation: Contemporary American Poetry

Enrolment Conditions

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