The Poetry of Climate Change

Ref: C2342250

The course will look at how poets have always been interested in the natural world. It will look at the history of this interest and how poetry can now be seen as a way of looking at the way the natural world is affected by climate change: 'Nature is no longer the rustic retreat of the Wordsworthian is now a pressing political question, a question of survival.' Poems for a Small Planet: Contemporary American Nature Poetry, Parini. J. (1993)

Course aim

To look at how poetry can be used to examine and support our current concern with climate change

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • For those interested in using poetry to discuss wider issues that affect us all

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

  • Understand of the history of nature poetry in English
  • Understand how recent developments in nature poetry embrace climate change
  • Read and discuss poetry as part of a group
  • Select and present a poem to others for discussion

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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?

  • 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 is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Carol Ann Duffy's 'Flight Risk' can be downloaded from the Internet and will be used during the course

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

The Poetry of Climate Change

Enrolment Conditions

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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
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