An introduction to poetry

Course Dates: 28/10/23
Time: 13:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Always wanted to read and discuss poetry? Enjoy this introduction to a range of poetry from the last 400 years and explore how the poets shape our responses.
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Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £19.00

Course Code: HLT29

Sat, day, 28 Oct - 28 Oct '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This course is an introduction to poetry and an exploration of how the poet shapes our response.

What will we cover?

A range of poetry from the last 400 years will be discussed, although the emphasis will be on modern poetry). You will explore some of the best poems in English and discuss what makes them exceptional so that people carry on reading them.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Understand the use of metaphor / simile/ alliteration in poetry.
- Discuss the role of rhyme and rhythm in poetry.
- Read and discuss poetry with more confidence.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The level of the course is introductory. No previous knowledge or experience of literature is necessary. However, you will ideally have an enthusiasm for reading and discussing a range of good poems.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Teacher explanation and group discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Copies of the poems will be sent to you several days before the session.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

This term the tutor will also be teaching HLT125 Poetry Cooked and Raw.
Look for other Poetry courses on our website under History, Culture and Writing/Literature/Poetry at

Laurie Smith

Laurie Smith has taught poetry writing and literature courses at the City Lit for some years, focussing on modernism and writers' radicalism. He researches and lectures at King's College London, helped to found Magma poetry magazine which he sometimes edits and has been a Trustee of the Poetry Society.

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