In my end is my beginning: the meaning & potential of growing old
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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What is the course about?
This innovatory course will present a wide range of poetic explorations of the experience and significance of growing old and the approach of death. While acknowledging the inevitable difficulties and challenges of the last phase of life, the emphasis will be on illuminating the scope and potential of old age while reflecting on the interdependence of life and death.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We shall discuss a carefully organised sequence of poems across the centuries – from Chaucer, Shakespeare and Donne to D.H. Lawrence, T.S. Eliot and C.P.Cavafy.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-Demonstrate insight into how various poets have sought to develop our ability to reflect creatively our anticipation and experience of age and death.
-Appreciate the particular potential of poetry to open up unusual and rewarding perspectives on the most difficult of themes.
-Identify how aspects of the life and times of the poets influenced the composition of their poems.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is appropriate to students at every stage of life! No particular prior knowledge will be assumed, but you will need to feel enthusiastic about the prospect of reading and discussing poetry on this most universal of topics. You will interested in listening to – and learning from – the responses of other students to the poetry, and in developing your analytic skills.
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?
Look for other literature courses at www.citylit.ac.uk/History, Culture and Writing/literature.
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.