An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

Course Dates: 17/01/19 - 11/04/19
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: 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 a short novel. Lots of lively discussion.

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  • An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

  • An introduction to literature: poetry and prose

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 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.

The novel: we will read and discuss The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald.

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 The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (Penguin Classics edition)
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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This course has now started

Course Code: HLT05

Started Thu, day, 17 Jan - 11 Apr '19

Duration: 12 sessions (over 13 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £151.00
Concession: £83.00

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