Poetry Courses in London

On our lively poetry courses, enjoy explores this captivating genre, revisit classic texts and discover new writers plus share your views in classroom discussions.
  1. Poetry and resistance: Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, Mandelstam and the decades of Soviet rule

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 11 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The three greatest poets of the revolutionary and Stalinist periods, and the ways their personalities and the calamitous events that beset their society found expression in works of unparalleled passion, intellectual sophistication and monumental restraint.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  2. London lowlife in fiction

    New
    Course Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will explore the themes of poverty, politics, gender and ethnicity in London at the end of the 19th century/start of the 20th century through the eyes of writers of fiction, but also through the testimony of their non-fiction contemporaries – social investigators, government officials, journalists and philanthropists.
    Full fee: £149.00

  3. The poetry of Keats: a literary workshop

    The poetry of Keats: a literary workshop

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Read and discuss some of Keats' poetry in the location in which many of them were written. Explore 'The Odes' and 'The Eve of St. Agnes'. The course takes place at Keats House and is led by literature tutor Jenny Baynes.
    Full fee: £49.00

  4. Emily Dickinson

    Emily Dickinson: 'how bountiful the dream'

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 13 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Though living in seclusion, Emily Dickinson wrote some of the most pungent and incisive poems ever seen. Through close study of a representative selection, we shall delve deeply into the nature of Dickinson’s unique achievement.
    Full fee: £59.00

  5. An introduction to poetry

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Always wanted to read and discuss poetry? Enjoy this introduction to a range of poetry from the last 400 years and explore how the poets shape our responses.
    Full fee: £29.00

  6. Poetry and the soul's journey

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the depth and variety of modern spiritual poetry in English, including the work of T.S. Eliot, Denise Levertov, R.S. Thomas and Geoffrey Hill. Reflect on the implications for our own understanding of spirituality today.
    Full fee: £59.00

  7. Jane Austen: 'The debt to pleasure'

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Too often seen as mere costume drama, Jane Austen’s innovatory novels stimulate profound insights into our ethical quandaries. We shall explore how Austen achieves this in three major works – Northanger Abbey, Persuasion and Mansfield Park.
    Full fee: £59.00

  8. An introduction to poetry: John Donne and Shakespeare's sonnets

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will read ,discuss and enjoy a selection of poetry by John Donne and William Shakespeare.
    Full fee: £29.00

  9. Keats' 18th century forebears

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Too often it is assumed that the Romantic poets engineered a complete break with their eighteenth-century predecessors. By exploring the work of five of Keats’s forebears, this course offers an opportunity to reconsider that assumption.
    Full fee: £49.00

  10. Frank O'Hara: standing still and walking in New York

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'Urbane, ironic, celebratory, wildly funny’, Frank O’Hara’s poetry registers the pulse of post-war New York, city of abstract expressionism, modern jazz and innovatory poets, many of whom circled O’Hara’s sun.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  11. Wordsworth: the Prelude -'The growth of a poet's mind'

    Wordsworth: the Prelude -'The growth of a poet's mind'

    New
    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Prelude is Wordsworth’s ultimate testimony, offering a richly varied poetic autobiography. We shall discuss extracts from each of the poem’s 13 books to gain a sense of the complexity and coherence of Wordsworth’s achievement.
    Full fee: £179.00

  12. Poetry in revolutionary times

    New
    Course Date: Mon 11 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Is Auden right that “poetry makes nothing happen”? We look at how poets have helped people to understand, cope

    with and sometimes resist oppression in revolutionary periods from the late 18th century to the present.
    Full fee: £199.00

  13. Bob Dylan: 'busy being born'

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For over 50 years, Bob Dylan has shown mercurial delight in striking out in unpredictable directions. We shall track the remarkable unfolding of his career, from classic Sixties compositions to his most recent album, Tempest (2012).
    Full fee: £59.00

  14. 'You must change your life': why Rilke matters

    'You must change your life': why Rilke matters

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We explore how the poet Rilke wrestled with some of the deepest issues of the modern spirit, such as the need for non-religious faith and the importance of art to give meaning to life, through writing beautiful, deeply moving poems.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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