Poetry Courses in London

From introductory courses to the more in-depth, revisit classic works or enjoy discovering new poets, sharing your views in lively class discussions.

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  1. Poetry please! Enjoying poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This course is for those who enjoy reading and thinking about poetry and for those who would like to appreciate it even more. We will look at a wide range of poetic examples covering different periods of history. There will be some discussion of the meaning of form and technique and its impact on the poem and the reader.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  2. London in poetry: Chaucer to Swift

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    London has given rise to an remarkable range of poets and poetry. This course focuses on the city as it evolved and was evoked from medieval times up to the early eighteenth-century. Many of the poets we shall consider were born – or lived - in London. We shall trace the ways in which they – and others, visiting the city – have given voice to feelings of fascination, enthusiasm and repulsion.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  3. "Crabb'd age and youth": 'Hamlet' and 'Lear'

    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Hamlet (1600) and King Lear (1606) are arguably the greatest of Shakespeare’s tragedies. Yet their tragic heroes could scarcely be more different. Hamlet has all the enquiring restlessness of youth, Lear the stubbornness of embittered old age. What unites them is Shakespeare’s profound psychological insight and the dazzling poetry of a man at the very height of his poetic power.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  4. Byron’s Don Juan: 'The grand Napoleon of the realms of rhyme

    Course Date: Wed 28 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Don Juan is Byron’s crowning achievement – a picaresque mock epic intended to be ‘a little quietly facetious upon everything’. The poem, however, is more complex and engaging - a vision of life predicated on paradox: witty and melancholy, sarcastic and sentimental, romantic and classical, resigned and defiant. This course will illuminate the many facets of Byron’s unprecedented masterpiece.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  5. Poetic Moments: poetry in history

    Course Date: Thu 29 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Join us for an exploration of different, significant moments in poetic history, looking at a range of key periods, themes and examples.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  6. Poetry from the edge

    Course Date: Mon 10 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Some modern poets began their writing lives, and sometimes lived much of them, outside the 'normal' modern urban lives which most of us experience. They have lived at the margins and despite - or perhaps because of - their geographic, political or emotional isolation, they have become major poets. We will look at how each has achieved national and international success with their poetry.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  7. In my end is my beginning: the meaning & potential of growing old

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This innovatory course will present a wide range of poetic explorations of the experience and significance of growing old and the approach of death. While acknowledging the inevitable difficulties and challenges of the last phase of life, the emphasis will be on illuminating the scope and potential of old age while reflecting on the interdependence of life and death.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  8. 'I caught this morning morning's minion': the passions of Gerard Manley Hopkins

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    We will explore why Hopkins wrote highly original poems of great power and beauty, but didn’t attempt to have them published in his lifetime. We will look at how this relates to his conversion to Roman Catholicism and, in turn, how this may have related to fears about his sexuality.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  9. Bob Dylan and American culture

    Course Date: Tue 20 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This class explores the work of Bob Dylan, examining his song writing, musical style and persona in the context of American cultural, political, and musical history, exploring how Dylan engages with American culture through his absorption and reworking of multifarious aspects of both historical and modern Americana.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. The Poetry of W.B. Yeats

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Aug 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Over 150 years since the birth of William Butler Yeats, his poetry continues to have an enduring place in the landscape of world literature, inspiring writers, musicians and artists alike. This course explores four of his finest poems written at different stages in his life. We will examine how he sought inspiration from Irish mythology, politics, nature, his personal relationships and art to develop ideas about beauty and creativity.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  11. Dante's Divine Comedy: an introduction

    Dante's Divine Comedy: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The Divine Comedy is an imaginary journey through the three realms of the afterlife. It's a fascinating compendium of life in 14th century Italy, but Dante's ability to depict humanity in all its aspects is timelss and has fascinated readers ever since.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

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