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Introduction to Poetry


This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This course will provide you with an introduction to poetry and what it means in the 21st century.

Delivered by a poet and editor of a poetry journal, you will explore many forms of poetry including traditional, rhyme, haiku, sonnet and hybrid.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course will start in October and will take five weeks to complete. You will attend College for two hours per week.

The course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, Water Street, St Helens, WA10 1PP

What will I study?

Topics covered include:

  • How to get inspired and begin writing
  • How to cut down and distil language
  • Originality and the death of cliche
  • How to revise, draft, critique
  • Publishing avenues - print, online, single, spoken word, chapbook/pamphlet, collection

How is it assessed?

There are no formal assessments.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You do not need any previous qualifications to undertake this course.

What are the course fees?

This course is free to study, providing you do not already hold a grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above at GCSE level in this subject.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon successful completion of this course, you may choose to progress one of our other English and maths courses such as Functional Skills or GCSE.

I'm interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

Ref: Charley Cosgrove