Mode of learning : Online - Instructor Lead(LVC)
Domain / Subject : General/Others
Function : General
Trainer name : Ms Kate Potts
Starts on : 29th Sep 2014
Duration : 10 Weeks
Difficulty : Advanced
About the course
Poetry can seem like a members-only club. Even the names of poetic forms such as 'sonnet', 'villanelle', and 'sestina' can be as intimidating as the list of writers associated with them, from Shakespeare to Shelley to Sean O’Brien. This course is designed to demystify poetic composition, and to help students to gain the confidence to produce poems of their own.
It introduces students to a wide range of poems and poetic techniques with the aim of enabling them to gain a deeper appreciation of how poetry works, an understanding of the forms best suited to the kind of statements that they are interested in making, and confidence in deploying such devices as metre, rhyme, figurative language. This course is for anyone who would like to start to write - or to write better - poetry.
This course aims to introduce participants to a wide variety of poetic technique and form.
Assessment for this course is based on two written assignments - one short assignment due half way through the course and one longer assignment due at the end of the course. Students will have about two weeks to complete each assignment.
By the end of this course participants will be expected to understand:
By the end of this course participants will be expected to have gained the following skills:
This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.
To participate in the course you will need to have regular access to the Internet and you will need to buy the following books:
Strand, Mark, and Eavan Boland, The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms, New York: W. W. Norton & Co. Ltd, 2001. Hollander, John, Rhyme’s Reason: A Guide to English Verse, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001.
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