What is the course about?
In an age in which conventional religion (in the West, at least) is often assumed to be under threat, it is fascinating to observe just how many major poets have engaged in profound contemplation of the world’s divinity and the possibilities of faith. We shall consider a wide range of responses to eternal questions, from rapture to unease.
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.
What will we cover?
We shall study poems by several authors - of various nationalities – writing in English. Their styles and cultural contexts will be illuminated as we trace the unfolding of spiritual poetry over the course of the last hundred years.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Demonstrate understanding of how these poets explore the challenges and rewards of spiritual aspiration.
Appreciate the depth, complexity and significance of the poets’ thought and styles.
Identify how the poets’ lives and circumstances have influenced their work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No particular prior knowledge or outlook will be assumed, but you will need to feel enthusiastic about the prospect of reading and discussing spiritual poetry. You will interested in listening to – and learning from – the responses of other students to the works discussed.
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 to be studied. Please bring a pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please check the Literature section in our prospectus under Humanties or on the website: www.citylit.ac.uk under History, Culture and Writing.