'Please come flying': how poetry helps us in troubled times

Course Dates: 20/11/21
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: Online
Many of us have experienced isolation and increased stress during the pandemic. When life returns to normal, there may still be periods of loneliness. 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.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00

Course Code: HLT262

Sat, day, 20 Nov - 20 Nov '21

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

In this online literature course we will look at how poetry can comfort us and give us strength in times when we’re experiencing stress and isolation.

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 read and discuss some short poems in which some fine poets deal with their own isolation by responding to nature (Emily Dickinson, Edward Thomas, Yeats), art (Auden, Carol Ann Duffy) and, more humorously, their computer and an IKEA wardrobe (Lorraine Mariner, also Claudine Toutoungi). We will end with Elizabeth Bishop’s joyful Invitation to Miss Marianne Moore, celebrating going out with her on a fine morning in New York.

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

• Understand how poetry can comfort us in difficult times
• Enjoy reading and discussing some fine poems.

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

You should be interested in poetry. No particular knowledge or skills are needed.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will receive the poems by email several days before the course and at the start of the session I will ask for volunteers to read a poem so we can all take part. The session will be run in a seminar style, with everyone who wishes included in discussions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No. The poems will be provided by email beforehand and shared on screen.

Laurie Smith

Laurie Smith has taught poetry writing and literature courses at the City Lit for some years, focussing on modernism and writers' radicalism. He researches and lectures at King's College London, helped to found Magma poetry magazine which he sometimes edits and has been a Trustee of the Poetry Society.

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