Improve your skills in analysis and creative writing
What do you do when you encounter a poem for the first time?
How can the process of writing poetry help you to enjoy and understand the written word in new ways?
On this course, you’ll explore strategies for close reading and creative writing using a poem called ‘Patagonia’ by Kate Clanchy as a case study.
You’ll explore the techniques that poets use and consider their impact on you as a reader.
By the end of the course, you’ll be inspired to read poetry in different ways, express yourself more effectively and you’ll have created an original poem of your own.
What topics will you cover?
Week 1 – Unseen Poetry
- Ways to read and analyse poetry
- Introduction to the poem, Patagonia
- Feelings: Exploring different feelings towards text
- Patterns: Breaking the text down
- Puzzles: Tone and figurative language
Week 2 – The Creative Process
- Analysing and understanding the creative process
- Ways to start writing a poem
- Shaping a poem
- Create and share your own poem
When would you like to start?
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What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Explore the ways in which poets choose and structure words to create meaning
- Apply techniques for analysing poetry by focusing on feelings, patterns, and puzzles
- Experiment with methods for writing and shaping your own poetry, guided by expert educators and mentors
- Evaluate your own and others’ poetry by sharing with fellow Learners
Who is the course for?
This course is ideal for students studying A-level English literature, language, history, and drama, and those looking to study English at university. It will also be of interest to anyone looking to develop their critical thinking about poetry and improve their skills in analysis and writing.
This course will also be of interest to A-level teachers of the same subjects looking for teaching resources and ideas to use with their students in the classroom.
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