An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

Course Dates: 16/01/20 - 02/04/20
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Jenny Baynes

Discover the basic tools and techniques used to analyse poetry and prose. Come and enjoy reading and discussing a range of poetry and prose including short stories and the novel, 'A Passage to India' by E M Forster. Lots of lively discussion.


What is the course about?

Discover the basic tools and techniques used to analyse poetry and prose. You will read and discuss a wide range of poetry and prose.

What will we cover?

The course will introduce two main topics: poetry and the short story.

Poetry: A non-intimidating introduction to the enjoyment and analysis of poetry! Studying a variety of poems we will learn about the key aspects of poetic form and explore how the meanings of poems are communicated.

The novel: we will read and discuss 'A Passage to India' by E M Forster

The short story: In this part of the course we will ask: what is distinctive about the short story, and how have writers used the form of the short story to create different effects? Again, we will take a broad historical sweep, discussing important and acclaimed practitioners of the form.

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

• Read and discuss literary texts with confidence and in an informed manner
• Use critical terms and approaches to explore how literature works
• Interpret narrative voice, structure and symbolism in prose fiction
• Understand and analyse the effect of rhyme, rhythm, metre and imagery in poetry.

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, learners will, ideally, need the following skills and attributes:
An enthusiasm for reading and discussing a range of texts in large and small groups.
A willingness and ability to do some reading and preparation outside the class.
An interest in, and ability to listen to, the responses of other students to the work discussed.
A commitment to acquiring and developing ways of understanding how the writer uses language to achieve effect.

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

A variety of teaching methods will be used:
large and small group discussions, dvd and readings.

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

Poetry and short story materials will be provided by the lecturer.
Please buy or borrow 'A Passage to India' by E M Forster (Penguin)
Please bring a pen and paper.

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

A range of literature courses are available under Humanities in the prospectus and under History, Culture and Writing on the web under


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Highly recommend. The tutor is a goddess of literature, exuding knowledge and intelligence. Her lessons are fun and inspiring and fantastic, full of exciting content.
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Review by Betsabeh / (Posted on 11/04/2019)
An excellent, well prepared, well delivered, highly informative and enjoyable course.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 04/04/2019)
Prepare to be informed, entertained, and stimulated to read more.
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Course Code: HLT05

Thu, day, 16 Jan - 02 Apr '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £88.00

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