Shelley: 'The Trumpet of a Prophecy!'

Course Dates: 19/02/22 - 20/02/22
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
Shelley’s visionary poetry has been much misunderstood and misrepresented. We shall study a wide selection of his narrative poems, odes and lyrics in order to clarify his transcendent aspirations – and his very considerable contemporary significance.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HLT33

Sat-Sun, day, 19 Feb - 20 Feb '22

Duration: 2 sessions

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What is the course about?

Shelley’s poetry engages passionately with the political and social controversies of his time, while also seeking a timeless spiritual liberation. In seeking to clarify both Shelley’s intentions and his achievement, we will discuss a representative selection of his poetry as well as reflecting on his exalted claims for the poetic vocation – especially in his ‘Defence of Poetry’. Throughout, we will consider how Shelley’s work can help to illuminate our own experience and aspirations.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

We will discuss extracts from Shelley’s narrative poems, as well as looking at selections from his odes and shorter lyrics. Relevant passages from Shelley’s prose writings – particularly ‘A Defence of Poetry’ – will help to frame our reading.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-Demonstrate insight into how Shelley expressed both immediate reforming zeal and visionary aspiration in poetry and prose.
-Appreciate the development of Shelley’s style in response to the demands of his poetry.
-Identify how Shelley’s life and circumstances influenced – and expressed themselves through – his work.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No particular prior knowledge will be assumed, but you will need to feel enthusiastic about the prospect of reading and discussing Shelley’s writing. You will interested in listening to – and learning from – the responses of other students to the work 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 copies of the texts to be studied.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

This tutor will also be teaching HLT18 - Byron's Don Juan: 'The grand Napoleon of the realms of rhyme' from 27 April to 6 July on Wednesdays , 2.30-4.30pm. Look for other poetry courses in Literature at under History, Culture and Writing/Literature/Poetry.

Peter Brennan

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.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.