Literature

This is a chronological study of English classic novels and authors selected for an in-depth study. The course will start off with the in-depth study of one of the most famous and beloved authors Jane Austen. This is achieved through a comprehensive examination of plot, characters etc by reading, the use of videos and group discussion. Thursday
In this course participants have the opportunity to engage with a local writer who wants to inspire you to find that hidden novel within. Learn and discuss basic techniques that can be used to begin a journey that may last a lifetime. During the 10 week course the focus will be on a series of units that will discuss basic aspects, pitfalls and approaches to adopt that will open up the creative process to you…..and maybe, the production of a gem that deserves publication. Thursday
Learn about the development of poetry, the poets and their poems from earliest times to the present and the ways in which they structured their thoughts to present their work. Read many poems from many sources in varied styles. Write poems of your own in different styles and have them published in a class anthology. Discuss poems created by you and your classmates: why you chose the topics, the use of descriptive words, how to illustrate your works, poems from the past that affect you, and different English language poetic styles from all over the world. Tuesday
Members will learn about the development of poetry, the poets and their poems from earliest times to the present and the ways in which they structured their thoughts to present their work. Read many poems from many sources in varied styles. Write poems of your own in different styles and have them published in a class anthology. Discuss poems created by you and your classmates: why you chose the topics, the use of descriptive words, how to illustrate your works, poems from the past that affect you, and different English language poetic styles from all over the world.
This course will dip into some of William Shakespeare’s superb verses and characters which appear throughout his many plays and sonnets. Shakespeare was the poet of love, the natural world, and the human condition. Through selected readings and excerpts of scenes from his plays, the class will focus on themes of love and loss. The class read and discuss these pieces with a view to developing a deeper understanding of their context and interpretation. Individual members of the class will also rehearse particular readings and scenes so as to confidently read before a U3A audience in April 2022, as part of an event commemorating Shakespeare's birthday. Time permitting, the class will also examine the tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. This course will suit members who have participated in earlier classes on Shakespeare or who have had previous experience reading Shakespeare. Participants will need to bring a preparedness to read dramatic text in class and involve oneself in discussion. Relevant handouts will be provided in class. Friday
Something to excite Bob Dylan fans and critics, and those interested in rock and roll history. This course poses the questions: is it time to move Dylan out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and into the pantheon of classical poets? This 6 week course will look at the controversial topic of Dylan's sources, what inspires him and why he won the Nobel Prize for literature. Wednesday

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