Literature: Five Poets - With Dr Mark Crees

Ref: C3532049

On this course we will explore the work of five remarkable - and very different - modern poets: Wendy Cope, Tony Harrison, Philip Larkin, Kathleen Jamie & Dick Davis. In many ways, this is a course about noticing. In poetry, as in life, the art is in the detail. The ways in which words are ordered upon the page, the subtle choices of language, the slight changes in tone - all of these things contribute to the way in which we read a poem, and, in turn, how we feel about it. Each of these poets pay great attention to these finer points of feeling. As we read these poems together, I hope that we might deepen our own understanding of the meaning and value of poetry in our lives. This course is a fully online with no physical meeting space, accessing the course through Canvas our virtual learning environment and zoom a video conferencing software.

Course aim

This course will provide an introduction to five remarkable poets: Wendy Cope, Tony Harrison, Kathleen Jamie, Philip Larkin and Dick Davis. It will aim to encourage a deeper appreciation of poetry, as well as practise skills of close reading.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • understand something of the style and techniques of each of these five poets.
  • identify some of the subtle language choices employed in writing poetry
  • discuss why poetry matters today and how it can shed light upon many of life's problems and questions
  • practise reciting poetry in a public contest
  • explore the variety of contexts in which modern poetry is written.

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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Literature: Five Poets - With Dr Mark Crees

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