Exploring literature: an introduction to poetry
Time: 14:45 - 16:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: HLT184
Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
What is the course about?
You will read and discuss all sorts and shapes of poetry.
The course explores how the poet shapes our responses through use of imagery, rhyme,rhythm,tone and structure.
You will discover the poems you respond to instantly but also, crucially, you will come to appreciate others that
at first may seem daunting or obscure.
What will we cover?
Poetry over the last 4 centuries -the concerns,styles and lives of the poets.
Poets will include Shakespeare John Donne, Keats, Shelley, Wordsworth, Emily Dickenson, Hardy, Wilfred Owen,
T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath, WHAuden, Philip Larkin and a range of modern poets including Carol Ann Duffy and Simon
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Have an overview of some key poetry over the years
Understand the use of metaphor,simile,alliteration in poetry
Discuss the role of rhyme and rhythm in poetry
Read and discuss poetry in an informed and confident manner
Appreciate how the social,historical and political context in which the poets were writing affected their work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The level of the course is introductory although those with experience of poetry will still find it valuable.
You will need an enthusiasm for reading and discussing a range of poetry in large and small groups
You will also need an interest in and ability to listen to the responses of other students to the work discussed.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Short lecture, whole group and small group work and reading in class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please borrow or buy:
The Penguin book of English Verse, edited by Paul Keegan (Penguin Classics)
You will need to bring notebook and pen.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look for other poetry courses on our website, www.citylit.ac.uk/courses under history, culture & writing/literature/poetry.
Jenny has a BA in Literature and an MA in Performance Arts, She has taught English and Drama in schools and Further Education Colleges and English Literature at University level. She has taught Literature at The City Lit since 1998 and was the Co-ordinator for Literature and Film for the Humanities Department for several years. Jenny writes plays and poetry and has been a stand up poet.
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.