Poetry

On our lively poetry courses, enjoy explores this captivating genre, revisit classic texts and discover new writers plus share your views in classroom discussions.
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  1. Poetry in revolutionary times

    Course Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
    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 revolutionary periods from the late 18th century to the present,.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  2. Contemporary poetry

    Course Date: Wed 20 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using 'Being Alive' (Bloodaxe Books, 2004), we will read and discuss a variety of poetry written in the last 50 years, exploring a range of poetry in terms of theme, style and viewpoints. No class on 25 October.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. The poetry of Keats: a literary workshop

    Course Date: Sat 30 Sep 2017 (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: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  4. Jane Austen: the debt to pleasure

    Course Date: Sun 15 Oct 2017
    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: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath: bursting all the doors

    Course Date: Thu 2 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    No two voices could be more dissimilar, yet the impact of both remains unparalleled in American women’s poetry. Explore the full range of Dickinson’s and Plath’s art - passionate, candid, dangerously subversive, controversial and adored.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  6. Introduction to poetry

    Course Date: Sat 4 Nov 2017
    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: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Frank O'Hara and the New York School

    Course Date: Sun 19 Nov 2017
    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: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. The seven ages of woman: radical and dissenting voices in 18th- and early 19th-century poetry

    Course Date: Sun 26 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An opportunity to sample the rich legacy of women’s poetry from the 18th and early 19th centuries, recently rediscovered in the wake of feminism. Ranging from aristocrats to milkmaids, the poets cover many aspects of female experience.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. The emperor of ice cream: why Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore and Frank O'Hara matter

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore why these three poets are important for their original uses of language and form, their wit and humour, and their life-long belief that poetry can enrich the reader’s imagination.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Modern and contemporary Eastern European literature from Poland, Czechoslovakia and Romania

    Course Date: Fri 12 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Eastern European writers have for too long been overshadowed by their Western counterparts, as if a wretched political history were not enough. Wit, fantasy, audacity, refinement – explore works by Kundera, Gombrowicz, Szymborska, Rebreanu and others.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  11. Milton: Paradise Lost – ‘Our inner freedom’

    Course Date: Sat 27 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Paradise Lost excites fascination and controversy, confronting the existence of evil in a divinely ordained world. We shall consider a representative selection of crucial passages to illuminate the practical contemporary significance of this cosmic work.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. An introduction to poetry: UA Fanthorpe, Elizabeth Jennings and Carol Ann Duffy

    Course Date: Sun 28 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Following on from Introduction to poetry 1, you will read ,discuss and enjoy a selection of poetry by UA Fanthorpe, Elizabeth Jennings and Carol Ann Duffy in terms of their styles and themes.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. The freedom of our crimes: the poetry of WW2 across Europe

    Course Date: Sat 17 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We shall study responses to the war from poets representing several combatant nations. In the process, we shall discover just how impressive and various were their evocations of this terrible and many-faceted conflict.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. Earth and air: three Romantic poets

    Course Date: Sat 3 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    The most human of the elements, earth and air, will lead us into some of the poetry of Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats, and their meditations on the relations between the individual, nature and society. The course will take place at Keats House in Hampstead.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  15. The plays of Anton Chekhov

    Course Date: Sat 3 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will read, view and discuss extracts from 'The Seagull', 'Three Sisters', 'Uncle Vanya' and 'The Cherry Orchard' and consider their revolutionary nature in terms of the concept of 'inner action'.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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