Day School: Philip Larkin - The Man, His Writings and Jazz

Ref: C2420875

Philip Larkin was one of the greatest poets writing in English in the second half of the 20th century. He was also a noted critic and essayist, as well as the author of two fascinating novels. We will explore some of his poetry from his early days, through to the development of his own distinctive voice in his major poems. We will also consider his two novels, written at the start of his literary career. In addition, time will be given to some of his insightful autobiographical essays. Finally, Larkin had a lifelong passion for jazz, and wrote perceptively on the subject: we will listen to a small selection f his favourite music, alongside reading excerpts from his jazz reviews.All this will be considered alongside the backdrop of his singular and often troubled life.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Education Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

The course will consider the life and writings, poetry and prose , of Philip Larkin, as well as an exploration of his life long love of , and writings about, jazz.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • have some appreciation of the writings of Philip Larkin
  • have an awareness of the life and context of Larkin and his work
  • have a greater understanding of Larkin's place, and influence, in English literature of the second half of the 20th century

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 consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • 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

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Day School: Philip Larkin - The Man, His Writings and Jazz


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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