A Selection of Great American Poets

Ref: C3675960

Join us in discovering some of the greatest of American poetry. We will study Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop and more.

Course aim

To discover great American poets, focussing on Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop and more.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Appreciate some of the main works in American poetry
  • Focus on 4 main poets: Whitman, Frost, Dickinson and Bishop, but other poems may well be included.
  • Be able to understand the poems in the context of their time, and as timeless pieces as well
  • Be able to research the poets' lives or works independently and share findings.
  • Be able to analyse the poems and use reading aloud (or listening to others read) to help understanding and/ or 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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • The Penguin Book of American Verse will probably be one of the main resources and books will be available to borrow or you can buy your own.

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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A Selection of Great American Poets

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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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