Art & the Poem (how paintings have inspired poetry)

Ref: C2422576

During this course we will discover how poets have read and interpreted paintings. We shall discuss how the poet 'sees' and how this differs from the visual artists forms of representation. We shall discuss the nature of context and the imagination.

Course aim

This course will examine the relationship that exists between the twin media of paintings and poetry, examining Renaissance art, the Impressionists and modern visual arts. We will encounter Keats, Auden and many others.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • You will learn to interpret paintings for context and symbolism.
  • You will be able to describe how poetry manipulates the original vision.
  • You will understand how both forms of expression interact imaginatively to make social and culture statements.
  • You will be able to assess the validity of reinterpretation in the vehicle medium of the written word.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

All illustrations and poems will be provided on Canvas. These will be from Brueghel, Renaissance and Dutch art, the Impressionists and modern visual art. We will examine poems by Keats, Tennyson, Auden and many others.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Art & the Poem (how paintings have inspired poetry)

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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