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Great Poetry – an introduction to the poetic form

Literature & Arts
4.8 out of 5 Average rating

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022
  • DURATION 4 x 60 mins
  • CAN I WATCH LATER? Yes! Sign-up and we'll email you a recording
  • HOW TO ATTEND Attendance is live via Zoom
4.8 out of 5 Average rating

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022

Event Description

Poetry is for many people a source of great pleasure and emotional connection; for others, perhaps taught at school that poetry is a complex cryptic crossword to be solved to arrive at the “right answer”, it can conjure feelings of boredom or even dread! But whether you are an established lover of poetry, or someone keen to give it another go after a less satisfactory introduction, this course is for you! In each session, Simon will share a dozen of his favourite poems – not only will he read the poems, but he will also talk about the poets, their history and poetic style, and consider the varied and profound ways in which their poems explore timeless themes. The focus throughout will be on bringing these poems to life, helping them to sing and speak to us in all the rich voices which their creators intended.

  • Duration: 4 x 60 mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (a recording will be available)
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Meet the Host, Dr Simon Gregor

Dr Simon Gregor is a historian and tour guide. After completing his first degree in English Literature at the University of Cambridge, he worked for about 18 years as a civil servant. He went on to train and work as a tour guide, leading history, literature and cultural tours across Europe. He took his PhD in history at the University of Wolverhampton, and lectures regularly both in person and online. He has a passion for bringing history to life, in particular by looking at the human stories and impacts which lie behind the sweeping changes of political and social history.

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