Philip Larkin, W.H. Auden and T.S. Eliot: Exploring Some of Their Greatest Poems

Ref: C3677409

Join as we explore some of the greatest poems by 3 twentieth century poets: Philip Larkin, W.H. Auden and T.S.Eliot. Find out why these poets are so admired. Learn out about the historical context in which they were working, and how this is relevant to understanding their poetry. Eliot is seen as one of the forerunners of modernism, particularly with his poem "The Waste Land". This course will explain what modernism means, and what Eliot was reacting against. Auden recorded his response to political events,e.g. the 1930's and Larkin wrote about his life in Hull, where he worked as the University librarian. Join us on a fascinating journey through some of the greatest poetry of the twentieth century. Many of the poems we will be looking at have become part of our culture, and will be recognisable, even if you feel you haven't studied poetry much. All levels of poetry reading experience welcome. No previous poetry reading experience required. Suitable for all levels.

Course aim

We will read and study major poems by T.S.Eliot, W.H..Auden and Philip Larkin, three of the most famous twentieth century poets. No previous poetry reading experience is required.

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:

  • Read and understand major poems by Larkin, Auden and Eliot.
  • Understand the importance of these poets in the context of twentieth century History and Literary movements e.g. modernism.
  • analyse some literary techniques used by each of these writers.
  • share ideas and responses to the poems, and listen to others' ideas and responses.
  • Read poems out aloud with meaning, and/or appreciate others reading aloud.

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?

  • 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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Photocopies provided, but if you do have anthologies of these poets' work, it may be useful to bring them to class.

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Philip Larkin, W.H. Auden and T.S. Eliot: Exploring Some of Their Greatest Poems

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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