The Poetry of W.B. Yeats
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HLT235
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
This online literature course will introduce you to the life and poetry of arguably Ireland’s most important poet: W. B. Yeats. By using a variety of short extracts from Yeats’s poems, plays and essays, as well as a few extracts by other writers, you will explore in detail four of Yeats’ most influential poems. You will learn about Yeats’ life and interests and how key figures in his life influenced the changing topics of his work. By the end of the course, you will be able to discuss the nature of creativity and the role poetry plays in a nation’s cultural heritage.
Woody River has fifteen years of experience teaching literature, language, creative writing and academic writing. She has worked within secondary, further, higher and community education. With a First Class BA (Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing, as well as an MA in Creative Writing, Woody has a vast knowledge of British and international literature across different genres and forms and is particularly interested in European and Japanese literature. Having travelled prolifically and lived in China, Togo and Hungary, her literature courses celebrate the diversity of literature from around the world, encouraging students to consider texts within their historical, cultural, racial, geographical and literary contexts.
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?
Week 1: In the first part of the session, we will be exploring Irish mythology and the role of nature, followed by Irish nationalism, the Easter Uprising and the role of political passion in the second part.
Week 2: In the first part of the session, we will be exploring poetic form and Yeats’ use of symbols, followed by key historical figures and the role of creativity in the second part.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Analyse poetry for greater comprehension of a poet’s language and structural choices
• Identify a number of literary devices
• Discuss different poetic forms
• Explain key moments and figures in Yeats’ life and the impact these had on his work
• Assess the value of cultural and literary significance of Yeats’ poetry.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Some previous knowledge of studying literature would be helpful as this is not an introductory course, but all who enjoy reading and discussing poetry are welcome.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each lesson will begin with a short introductory lecture with a powerpoint presentation, followed by the reading of text extracts. In some sessions, art, photography and music will be used to illuminate topics and historical contexts. The texts will then be discussed in groups, using secondary texts to introduce new ideas to encourage a deeper contemplation of the primary texts.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Texts will be provided digitally as Word documents or pdfs, so students will not have to buy any texts.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This tutor is also teaching HLT234 Writing the world: the international art of the short story.
Look for other literature courses at www.citylit.ac.uk/history, culture and writing/literature.
Woody River has fifteen years of experience teaching literature, language, creative writing and academic writing. She has worked within secondary, further, higher and community education. With a First Class BA (Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing, as well as an MA in Creative Writing, Woody has a vast knowledge of British and international literature across different genres and forms and is particularly interested in European and Japanese literature.
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.