Reading W. B. Yeats: For the Love of Ireland

Ref: C3127121

This course is for everyone who has a keen interest in the poetry of W.B.Yeats, his passionate feelings for Maud Gonne and his responses to the 'Celtic Revival', calls for 'Home Rule' and independence in Ireland. Favourite poems such as 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree', 'The Wild Swans at Coole', 'Easter 1916' and 'Sailing To Byzantium' will be considered at length. There will also be an attempt to put into context his life and loves over his long and extraordinary career as poet, playwright, cultural activist and senator. A pleasure for those who love and admire the poetry of this great and conflicted man.

Course aim

This course is for those who have an interest in the poetry of W.B.Yeats. We'll explore his passionate feelings for Maud Gonne and also follow his responses to the 'Celtic Revival', Ireland's growing call for 'home rule' and independence.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • A passionate interest in reading modern poetry and particularly the poetry of W.B.Yeats is the main requirement.

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

  • give a good account of the life and loves of W.B.Yeats
  • name several of his most famous and important poems
  • have a good understanding of the political upheavals during his life time
  • have some knowledge of the wider cultural and political context

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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • This is a one-off study day so time will be very limited for discussion of progress but the tutor will do his best to make sure every student is on board and comfortable with the learning.

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • If you want to bring along a good edition of Yeats's poetry that would be helpful but worksheets will be provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It is suggested that students take the opportunity to read a selection of Yeats's poetry before the day but this is not essential.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • A course on Irish Poetry 'from Yeats to Heaney' will be offered in 2020.

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Reading W. B. Yeats: For the Love of Ireland

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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