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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.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

  1. Exploring Medieval Literature: Beowulf

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The story of a hero’s battles with supernatural monsters that determine the fate of kingdoms, we know Beowulf from a single 1000-year-old manuscript. The poem tells many stories: of magic swords, festive halls, powerful women and forbidding landscapes. It is the greatest Old English poem. Explore the original English epic!

    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: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. The Seven Ages of Poetry

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Travel through thirteen centuries of English poetry, from Beowulf to the present, in a single course. Find out what has excited poets from Anglo Saxon bards, medieval romancers, Elizabethan sonneteers, to creators of Romantic lyrics and modern free verse.

    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

  3. Our world made new: utopias and dystopias

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Why have some writers imagined our world as a much better or much worse place than it actually is? We will look at utopias and dystopias from Plato’s Republic and More’s Utopia to Margaret Atwood and P D James. Have some changed the way we think? Why are some views of the future more memorable than others? Do some writers tap into our fears and hopes more deeply than others and, if so, how?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  4. Russian poets: Anna Akhmatova and Osip Mandelstam

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 24 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    An evaluation, through close reading and discussion, of some of the most celebrated verse of the Silver Age, the Soviet Revolutionary period and the decades of Stalinism. What is it about the individual poems that cast a spell over so many of their contemporaries and the generations that followed? What do they tell us about the human spirit and the value of art in a time of catastrophic upheaval?

    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

  5. An introduction to poetry: Philip Larkin and Seamus Heaney

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 24 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    You will read ,discuss and enjoy a selection of poetry by Philip Larkin and Seamus Heaney.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  6. Exploring literature: an introduction to poetry

    Course Date: Tue 2 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    We will read and discuss poetry from across four centuries including poems by Shakespeare, John Donne, Blake, Wordsworth, Keats, Emily Dickenson, Wilfred Owen, TS Eliot, WH Auden, Larkin, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Seamus Heaney, Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, Maya Angelou and many more. There will be a weekly spot where students can share their own particular favourites.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  7. ‘Please come flying’: how poetry helps us in troubled times

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Many of us have experienced isolation and increased stress during the pandemic. We will look at how poetry can help us in this situation by seeing how some fine poets have responded to isolation by writing some great poems.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  8. Byron: 'In the soul's haunted cell'

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Flamboyant and contradictory, Byron’s exploits enthralled a continent. Self-aggrandising and self-lacerating, utterly of his time while declaring war on Romanticism, few poets equal Byron’s power to entertain while wrestling with intractable existential questions. We shall consider how the vitality and provocations of Byron’s work stimulate insight into our own experience and aspirations.

    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. 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

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