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. 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

  2. An introduction to the Beat Generation: Ginsberg, Kerouac and Burroughs

    Course Date: Tue 13 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and discuss this controversial mid-twentieth century American literary movement. See how these highly influential works question American values and refigure American identity, opening a path for the counterculture movements of the 1960s.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  3. Charles Baudelaire: first poet of the modern city

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how Baudelaire responded to living in 19th century Paris and created several new kinds of poetry - correspondences, urban symbolism, confessional verse and prose poetry which express personal experience more intensely than ever before.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Edward Thomas: 'On a strange bridge alone'

    Course Date: Tue 8 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The reflective, questioning poems of Edward Thomas have gained many admirers. By studying a carefully chosen selection of both his poetry and prose writings, we shall look more deeply into the significance of his achievement.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Milton: Paradise Lost

    Course Date: Wed 11 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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 explore each of the twelve books to develop our understanding of this most complex and rewarding epic.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  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. 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

  13. Noli Timere: the poetic journey of Seamus Heaney

    Course Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This two-day course examines the poetic legacy of Seamus Heaney. From humble beginnings on a small farm in Derry to lauded Nobel laureate, we chart a remarkable personal and literary journey.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  14. 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

  15. Rising stars in contemporary poetry

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Poetry sales are rising. We will read a range of up-and-coming poets and discuss whether their work offers us something long-lasting, perhaps permanent, or whether they will fade away as fashions change.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

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