Course title:
Contemporary Irish Poetry (taster course for National Poetry Day)
Doris McGreary
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Thu 07 Oct 2021 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM 2
Total sessions: 1
Total number of classroom hours: 2
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 2
Thu 07 Oct 2021
09:45 AM - 11:45 AM
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Online Learning with Zoom and Canvas
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
£6.40 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
This course is for beginners and improvers
What else do I need to know? Is there anything I need to provide?
Copies of the poems to be discussed will be made available on Canvas in advance of the course. Students may like to read the poems in advance but this is not essential.
Course aim:
To introduce students to a range of contemporary Irish poetry.
Course description:
On National Poetry Day we will read aloud and discuss poems written by Irish writers in the 21st century, It is eight years since the death of Seamus Heaney and we will consider some of his late poems as well as exploring his legacy. The course will also feature poems by Stephen Sexton, Sinead Morrissey and Eavan Boland. The focus will be on students' personal responses based on close reading of the poems. We will discuss the themes the poets address and their choice of form.
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. Read and discuss a range of modern poetry
2. Give a personal response to a poem based on close reading
3. Consider the impact of the poets' choice of form
4. Consider the wider context of contemporary Irish poetry
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