Edward Thomas: 'On a Strange Bridge Alone'
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HLT53
Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
Edward Thomas wrote poetry for just a few years before his death in the First World War. Nevertheless, his small opus is widely regarded as unique, combining an intensely observant and critical love of the English countryside with a brooding, conflicted personality whose struggles seem eminently modern. Thomas’s many prose works are finally receiving the attention they deserve, and, by including extracts from several, this course seeks to develop a rounded picture of this complex, subtle and profound writer.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
In this online poetry course we shall discuss a representative selection of Thomas’s poetry, both well known and relatively obscure. The poems will be set alongside extracts from his autobiographical writing and letters, as well as from his books on the countryside and literary topics. These will be supplemented by selections from his wife, Helen Thomas’s, autobiography.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Demonstrate insight into how Thomas explored natural and psychological themes in poetry and prose.
Appreciate the range and complexity of Thomas’s thinking and styles.
Identify how Thomas’s life and circumstances influenced his work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No particular prior knowledge will be assumed, but you will need to feel enthusiastic about the prospect of reading and discussing Thomas's writing. You will be interested in listening to – and learning from – the responses of other students to the works discussed. You will have a commitment to developing your analytical skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teacher explanation; group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No. You will be provided with photocopies of the poems and extracts to be studied. Please bring a pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HLT47 Isaac Rosenberg, Londoner & War Poet: 'An Inch of Candle' will run on 12 & 13 Nov. and is taught by the same tutor. Please look for other poetry courses under History, Culture and Writing/Literature/Poetry at www.citylit.ac.uk.
Peter Brennan is a poet, and was for many years Head of English at The Latymer School, Edmonton. He founded Visionary Company courses in 2005, and is Editor-in-Chief of Perdika Press.
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.