Poetry Adventure (Topsham, Autumn term)

Ref: C3530686

Explore different periods and styles of writing, from Shakespeare to the present day. To commemorate 100 years since the end of WWI, there will be a survey of poetry and art from 1919. There will also be a case study of poems about Bruegel’s “Icarus”, including W.H. Auden, William Carlos Williams, and Carol Ann Duffy. Audio and DVD illustrations will be used. No experience necessary.

Course aim

To explore the links between poetry, history and the individual. We will read a text closely; be it poem, criticism, film or painting. We will then examine that text in its literary and historical context.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • Must be able to read English.

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

  • Assess some different approaches to the opening soliloquy in “Richard III”.
  • Spot the hidden details in Bruegel’s “Icarus”.
  • Name the poet who, when described as “an alcoholic sponger”, sued for libel and lost.
  • Pronounce “Hone Tuwhare” and describe his “Rain”.
  • Describe some of the artistic reactions to the end of WWI.

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
  • People will be expected to keep up with the reading and to contribute in class discussions (if they wish to do so).

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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
  • Informal feedback; there will be no formal tests or exams.

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

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
  • There will be another “Poetry Adventure” course by the same tutor in the following term.

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Poetry Adventure (Topsham, Autumn term)


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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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