Poetry Courses in London

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

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

  1. The Origins of 'Camp': Shakespeare, Byron, Dickinson, Wilde and O'Hara

    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Essentially 'camp' is performance enjoyed because of its conscious artificiality. The word is modern, but 'camp' has existed for centuries and, using Susan Sontag's Notes on 'Camp' (1964), we will explore some of its earlier forms. It is often associated with a gay sensibility, but we will show this isn't necessarily so – ‘camp' can arise as the subversive viewpoint of any marginalised people.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  2. ‘Please come flying’: how poetry can help us during Covid-19

    New
    Course Date: Fri 9 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Many of us have experienced isolation and increased stress during lockdown. 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. What the course is about: We will look at how poetry can help us in a situation of shielding, complete or partial lockdown, or increased isolation which may continue in one form or another. We will read and discuss some short poems in which poets deal with their isolation by responding to nature (Emily Dickinson, Edward Thomas, Yeats), art (Auden, Carol Ann Duffy) and, more humorously, their computer (Lorraine Mariner), ending with Elizabeth Bishop’s joyful ‘Invitation to Miss Marianne Moore’ as she breaks free of alcoholic depression. You will receive the poems by email a few days before the workshop and I will ask beforehand for volunteers to read a poem so we can all take part if we wish.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  3. Faith and Doubt in Victorian poetry

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 10 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Victorian Britain saw an upsurge of religious affirmation in the context of increasing unease concerning the conventional assumptions of Christian faith. Tracing the evolution of Victorian poetry, we shall consider how the age’s most accomplished poets attempted to resolve that paradox.

    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

  4. Charles Dickens: 'The Story of our lives' - 'Great Expectations, 'Hard Times' & 'Little Dorrit'

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Dickens adapted words from Shakespeare to describe his periodical All the Year Round – and by implication his central purpose as a writer of novels. By close analysis of key scenes from three major works, we shall illuminate precisely how Dickens presents the crucial life choices that we make and the often unforeseeable – but sustained – impact that these have on ourselves and on others.

    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

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 31 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: 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.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

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