Day School: Poets of the Revolution

Ref: C3744343

Explore how these four poets were all shaped by the momentous events of the French Revolution and the political repression that accompanied the Napoleonic Wars. In the morning we will examine contrasting poetic strategies of Wordsworth and Coleridge in responding to the turbulent times in which they lived and wrote. To what extent do they share a political vision and understanding of the ‘Poet as Prophet’ ? In the afternoon we will contrast Keats’ and Shelley’s poetic response to the Peterloo Massacre. From our reading of these Poets can we distinguish a unique or authentic ‘Romantic voice’? To what extent does such a voice continue to resonate with us in the Twenty First Century? Does the concept of ‘Romanticism’ help us in understanding poets coming from very different backgrounds and straddling two generations?

Course aim

To provide an introduction to ‘Romantic Poetry’ by situating Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley and Keats in their cultural and political context.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • Love and interest in Literature and a willingness to do some reading in advance

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and political context of the Romantic Poets
  • Outline some of the questions posed by early nineteenth century poets
  • Reflect on and identify questions of poetic register

How will I be taught?

  • Range of methods including group discussion, individual inquiry and question and answer

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Opportunities for group and individual reflection.

What else do I need to know?

  • Bring an open mind and a willingness to reflect, discuss and learn

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Lecturer will provide reading list and links to electronic core texts to be read in advance. For those wishing to explore the subject prior to the course Duncan Wu’s Romanticism: an Anthology, Blackwell provides a range of background reading to the course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Further group or individual learning/teaching.

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Day School: Poets of the Revolution

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