Wild Poetry: Creatures of the Land, Sea and Sky

Ref: C3678278

In this course, we will look at how animals and other non-human creatures have been portrayed in poetry, and use the research to inspire new poems on the subject. From pets and other domesticated animals, to wild creatures from different habitats, we will look at how human and non-human encounters can provide subject matter for poetry. We will read work from a variety of published poets, including Elizabeth Bishop, Pascal Petit, Ted Hughes and John Clare. This is a practical writing course, with writing exercises to produce new work.

Course aim

We will look at how animals and other non-human creatures have been portrayed in poetry, and use the research to inspire new poems on the subject.

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.
  • An interest in both reading and writing poetry is required.

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

  • Understand some of the ways in which animals and non-human creatures have been portrayed in poetry
  • Write new poems based on the theme of animals and non-human creatures
  • Appreciate how the theme can be used to explore ethical issues, such as animal testing, zoos and circuses, climate change
  • Be familiar with the work of poets, such as Pascal Petit, Elizabeth Bishop and Ted Hughes
  • Feel more confident in using different poetic forms and styles of writing

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?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Please bring writing materials, pen, paper etc.

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?

Download full course information sheet

Wild Poetry: Creatures of the Land, Sea and Sky

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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