Course title:
Spring Creative Writing: Inspired by Edward Thomas and Robert Frost
Deb Tyler-Bennett
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Wed 02 Mar 2022 13:00 PM - 15:00 PM 2
Wed 09 Mar 2022 13:00 PM - 15:00 PM 2
Total sessions: 2
Total number of classroom hours: 4
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 4
Wed 02 Mar 2022
13:00 PM - 15:00 PM
Wed 09 Mar 2022
13:00 PM - 15:00 PM
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Classroom Face to Face with Canvas (for SLR & teaching file)
The Mill
Lodge Lane
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 2 (level information)
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Who is this programme for?
Optional Activity Start date End date Fee
£16.40 or free on some courses if you are in receipt of some benefits
What skills or experience do I need to join this course?
This course is for beginners and improvers

Bring any poems you've written using themes of nature and ecology to the class.

This course is for beginners and improvers

Bring any poems you've written using themes of nature and ecology to the class.

What else do I need to know? Is there anything I need to provide?
Paper, pens, a folder for work, and a writer's notebook (whatever form, digital or paper) this may take.
Course aim:
This course is about the early twentieth-century poets Edward Thomas and Robert Frost, and about how to use their poetry inspired by nature writing as an inspiration for work of your own.
Course description:
Edward Thomas (UK) and Robert Frost (US) are both poets who could be defined as ahead of their time. Their poetry exploring humanity's relationship with nature, even during wartime, outlines many ecological concerns that are still to the fore. If you're a poetry writer who uses nature in your work, or even if you'd just like to have a go at writing a poem inspired by Frost and Thomas, then come along. This course is taught by a published poet who counts both writers as a great influence on her own work. So, explore the poetic roads taken by two poets ahead of their time, and discuss what their work could mean for poets writing today.
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. Navigate and identify poetic ideas concerning nature implicit in poems by Thomas and Frost.
2. Outline and define how to weave a poem around a single natural image - e.g. as Frost does in 'Birches'.
3. Discuss and expand upon the idea that a poem's rhythm has to suit its subject matter - and apply this to your poem.
4. Explore poems by Frost and Thomas, and identify some of their chosen techniques that may be applied when you create a poem.
5. Analyse and evaluate the idea of cutting and polishing work, which Frost encouraged Thomas to apply.
How will I learn?

We expect you to attend your classroom sessions and make time to do any required learning activities on your own.

The WEA tutor will use a range of teaching and learning activities and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning. Your tutor will use tasks to see how you are learning, which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects, discussion, written or practical work. Your tutor will give you feedback on your learning and progress.

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