Georgian Poetry and Beyond

Ref: C3680240

Georgian Poetry, an anthology of verse from 1911-1922, was an exciting new movement that published consequential poets like Edward Thomas, Edmund Blunden, Siegfried Sassoon, and Vita Sackville West, among many others. And it yet was also much maligned in the years following the First World War. What made it so ground breaking? Why did it fall out of fashion? And why, despite this, do some ‘Georgian poets’ continue to exert wide-ranging influence that spans a century, and can be seen in the work of the current poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, among many others? This five-week course addresses these questions by examining some exemplary poems by the poets mentioned above, and considering the reach of their influences. The course will also offer some useful tools and techniques for getting the most out of our encounters with poetry.

Course aim

This course offers the chance to read some key poets from the Georgian Poetry anthology and explore how some of their characteristic attributes, conventions and sensibilities are still alive in English poetry a century later.

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:

  • bring a range of approaches and reading techniques to the poems we read in the course, and any other poem for that matter
  • identify what made Georgian Poetry an important movement in English poetry
  • explain why the Georgian Poetry anthology 'ended' in 1922
  • identify reasons why Georgian poets like Thomas, Blunden, Sassoon, Sack-ville West, and others continue to influence English poetry a century later

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

All the poems we'll read in this course will be available online, with links or guidance about how to access them available through Canvas. Or you may find the poems in anthologies on your bookshelves, or through in the library, which may be even better!

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Georgian Poetry and Beyond

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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