Looking back

Congratulations! You’ve reached the end of Week 1!

You’ve been exploring feelings, patterns and puzzles and reflecting on how using these techniques to analyse a poem helps you to better understand what it might mean to you.

You’ve also heard from our students in our round table discussion videos, where you uncovered new and unexpected meanings in ‘Patagonia’ using a shared set of techniques when looking at the same poem.

We hope this week has built your knowledge and confidence in reading poetry, and you now feel equipped with tools to apply these techniques to your own study of close reading.


Next week

In Week 2 you’ll be investigating how reading and writing poetry go hand-in-hand by exploring the creative process.

  • You’ll hear from published author, Peter Robinson about the process of writing poetry.
  • You’ll also hear from the poet, Kate Clanchy, who wrote ‘Patagonia’, the poem you have studied this week.
  • Through workshop exercises, you’ll start, shape and finish your own poem, which will be called The View from Here’.
  • You’ll also be able to share your poem with other Learners, and give and receive feedback to one another to help improve your writing.

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A-level Study Boost: Unseen Poetry and the Creative Process

University of Reading