During this ten-week course, we’ll be reading and discussing some of the most iconic British poems of the nineteenth century.
Beginning with Daffodils by William Wordsworth, each week will consist of a reading, a chance for everyone to share their ideas and a ten-minute slot for everyone to write a response to the poem. You can then choose whether or not to share your written work with the group.
You’ll learn (or revise) a variety of rhythms, rhyme schemes and poetic forms as well as getting a sense of what it meant to be a nineteenth century poet.
In the future, I will also be running similar courses based on seventeenth, eighteenth and twentieth century poetry.
Currently, all courses are taking place on Zoom. I will be holding regular practice sessions so that you can get used to the system before signing up for a course.
The course costs £50 for ten one-hour sessions and is payable by direct debit or cheque.
I am intending to run this course from 10.30-11.30am on Thursdays, starting in early July but let me know if you can’t make that day/time as I currently have a degree of flexibility.
For more information, please email me at email@example.com.
Here is some of the lovely feedback I received about the last course.
‘This course has been great fun giving me the experience to return to poetry and fully appreciate it. When I was at school the teacher hated poetry so I never went back to it. I have learnt so much in a relaxed and informative way. We were all at different levels but it did not matter everyone was so friendly. Thank you Mai for a great experience. I look forward to the next one.’ – Jacqui Martin
‘All I can say is thank goodness for lockdown. Without it I’d never have found this lovely group. Mai is great – I’ve learnt so much in such a short length of time.’ – Sue Dale
‘Brilliant insightful course, rediscovering the beauty of language.’ – Ian Speed
‘It’s such a supportive group and Mai does such a great job in keeping us motivated.’ – Ian Hartley
Poems for Discussion and Inspiration
1807 – ‘Daffodils’ by William Wordsworth
1820 – Ode To Autumn by John Keats (27th April)
1842 – The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson
1850 – How Do I Love Thee? – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
(Own choice of poems)
1862 – Remember by Christina Rossetti
1871 – The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
1885 – From a Railway Carriage by Robert Louis Stevenson
1890 – The Lake Isle of Innisfree – WB Yeats
Own choice of poem and Poetry Quiz
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