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. The poetry of Keats: a literary workshop

    The poetry of Keats: a literary workshop

    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
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  2. Emily Dickinson: 'how bountiful the dream'

    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
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. An introduction to poetry

    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
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  4. Poetry and the soul's journey

    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
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  5. "Beware, beware! his flashing eyes, his floating hair!": Romantic Poets 1789-1862

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    From Wordsworth to Christina Rossetti, we explore the impulses that created Romantic poetry – how honest expression of feeling became the measure of poetic inspiration and the problems this caused especially for women poets.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

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

    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
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  7. 19th Century American visionaries

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the key works of writers who together created American literary modernity out of the most disparate of backgrounds, beliefs and passions, reinventing the novel, epic and lyric poetry in their search for forms expressive of the entire human adventure, its heroic restlessness and its private terrors.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. Keats' 18th century forebears

    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
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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

    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

  10. Wit, sex and passion: 17th century English poets

    Course Date: Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    English 17th C poetry is characterised by wit and wordplay that still delight. The poems of John Donne are brilliantly ingenious depictions of sexual passion; those of George Herbert moving meditations on religious love; while poems such as To His Coy Mistress tread a fine line between seduction and blackmail.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

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

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

    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
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Poetry in revolutionary times

    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
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  13. Bob Dylan: 'busy being born'

    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
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

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