An introduction to poetry

Course Dates: 30/10/21
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
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.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00

Course Code: HLT29

Sat, day, 30 Oct - 30 Oct '21

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.

Course tutor: Jenny Baynes.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

A range of poetry from the last 400 years will be discussed (although emphasis will be on modern poetry). You will
look at the ways poets shape our response through imagery, structure, form, rhyme, rhythm and tone.

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,
learners will, ideally, need the following skills and attributes:
An enthusiasm for reading and discussing a range of texts in large and small groups.
An interest in, and ability to listen to, the responses of other students to the work discussed.

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

Teacher explanation, group discussion,dvd and recordings.

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

Copies of the poems will be sent to you.

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

The tutor will be teaching HLT184 Exploring Literature: an introduction to poetry in term two 2022.
Look for other Literature courses on our website under History, Culture and Writing/Literature at

Jenny Baynes

Jenny has a BA in Literature and an MA in Performance Arts, She has taught English and Drama in schools and Further Education Colleges and English Literature at University level. She has taught Literature at The City Lit since 1998 and was the Co-ordinator for Literature and Film for the Humanities Department for several years. Jenny writes plays and poetry and has been a stand up poet.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.