Poetry

On our lively poetry courses, enjoy explores this captivating genre, revisit classic texts and discover new writers plus share your views in classroom discussions.
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  1. Understanding poetry

    Course Date: Thu 19 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Shakespeare and Milton to Ezra Pound and Frank O'Hara, what makes different types of poetry tick, and how can we gain the confidence to read them perceptively and with real enjoyment?
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  2. The Queen of Calvary: Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop and Stevie Smith

    Course Date: Thu 19 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore these poets’ originality, including their distinctive humour, which marked out their emotional and stylistic space in a poetry world dominated by men; with two brilliant young British women poets who have learned from them.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  3. English poetry in the age of Napoleon

    Course Date: Thu 26 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The hopes and fears of this revolutionary era were reflected in the poetry of the leading Romantics, including Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron and Shelley. We shall consider – in context – a representative selection of their work.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  4. Poetry of the City

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How have poets conceived and evoked the cities they lived in? Visit London, Paris, New York, St. Petersburg (among others) in the company of Byron, Baudelaire, Apollinaire, Lorca, Frank O’Hara, Anna Akhmatova, Roy Fisher….
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  5. Make it New! How poetry became modern

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We look at how and why poetry changed between 1890 and 1925, breaking with the traditional forms and language of the past thousand years to become modern in style, ideas and feelings.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  6. Contemporary poetry

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using Staying Alive, (Bloodaxe Books, Ed. Neil Astley), we will read and discuss a variety of poetry written in the last 50 years, exploring a range of poetry in terms of theme, style and viewpoints. No class on 26 October.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  7. The poetry of Keats: a literary workshop

    Course Date: Sat 29 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Read and discuss some of Keats' poetry in the location in which many of them were written. Explore 'The Odes' and 'The Eve of St. Agnes'. The course takes place at Keats House and is led by literature tutor Jenny Baynes.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  8. Love and desire in Shakespeare

    Course Date: Sun 14 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how Shakespeare presents the delights and difficulties of love and desire in a range of plays, and in so doing consider the practical contemporary significance of his insights.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. An introduction to poetry

    Course Date: Sat 3 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - 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.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  10. Faith and doubt in Victorian poetry

    Course Date: Sun 18 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Victorian Britain saw an upsurge of religious affirmation in the context of profound unease concerning the assertions of faith. We shall consider how the work of the age’s most accomplished poets expresses that paradox.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. Literary Evening Lecture: David Constantine - What my poetry owes to translation

    Course Date: Fri 30 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and join us for a stimulating evening of lecture and discussion at our November Literary Evening Lecture, where the writer and translator David Constantine will read from his poetry. He will also talk about how translating from foreign languages has helped him in his own writing. The evening will includes a more general discussion of the need for translation in the making of any nation's poetic language.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  12. Poetry Cooked and Raw: from Emily Dickinson to the Beat poets

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how poets moved during the 20th century from formal language and regular form towards more natural language, freer forms and more direct expression of feeling, including the Beat Poets, confessionalism and prose poetry.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. Milton: Paradise Lost – ‘Our inner freedom’

    Course Date: Sat 26 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Paradise Lost excites fascination and controversy, confronting the existence of evil in a divinely ordained world. We shall consider a representative selection of crucial passages to illuminate the practical contemporary significance of this cosmic work.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. Bertolt Brecht: poet in times of revolution, war and exile

    Course Date: Sun 27 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The day, led by the writer and translator David Constantine, will be an introduction to Brecht's life and times and an exploration of a range of his poetry.



    Biography:

    David Constantine, born 1944 in Salford, Lancashire, was for thirty years a university teacher of German language and literature. He has published a dozen volumes of poetry (most recently – 2014 – Elder); two novels, Davies (1985) and The Life-Writer (2015); and five collections of short stories. He is an editor and translator of Hölderlin, Goethe, Kleist and Brecht. For his stories he won the BBC National and the Frank O’ Connor International Awards (2010, 2013).The film 45 Years was based on his story In Another Country. With Helen Constantine he edited Modern Poetry in Translation, 2003-12. Later this year Bloodaxe will publish his new and greatly enlarged Selected Poetry of Hölderlin and Norton his translations, with Tom Kuhn, of more than 1000 poems of Bertolt Brecht.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. An introduction to poetry: Auden, Larkin, Hughes, Plath and Heaney

    Course Date: Sun 27 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will read ,discuss and enjoy a selection of poetry by W.H. Auden, Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Seamus Heaney in terms of their styles and themes.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

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