Victorian Poetry

Ref: C3744488

This course will offer students a thorough grounding in key themes and concepts in Victorian Poetry and writers’ contribution to ideas of Victorianism. We will also explore the importance of poetic form, the changing role of the poet, and the link between writing, politics and faith in the nineteenth century. The course will investigate the links between poetry and the visual arts in this period. Selected authors to include: William Morris, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Christina Rossetti, Augusta Webster and Amy Levy (Optional poetry readings, performances).

Course aim

A introduction to key themes and concepts in Victorian Poetry

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course
  • Students will need a good level of written and spoken English to participate in this course.

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and insight into the texts studies on the course
  • Show an understanding of the lives and contexts of selected authors
  • Exercise skills of close reading, textual and discourse analysis
  • Use creative learning methodologies and exercises to provide interdisciplinary perspectives
  • Identify authors and areas of interest for potential, future study.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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
  • Reading of key texts and sources will be required between sessions.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • 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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

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

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Pre-course reading is required: resources will be made available to you using the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Some reading of pre-course extracts needed

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Victorian Poetry

Enrolment 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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