Poetry: style, structure and drama (09C09CL/23)


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Course details

Applicable fees
Total £67.50
Tuition Fees£67.50
Concessions are available for this course

If you’re new to poetry or would like to develop your existing skills and knowledge, then this course will introduce you to a range of different styles and structures of poetry and give you an opportunity to explore new ways of writing.

You’ll start by exploring how non-rhyming poetry is structured using techniques such as iambic pentameter, then move on to looking at ways to use voice and persona in your poetry to create dramatic effect through monologue. Next, you’ll learn about a range of different poetic formats, including odes, ballads and sonnets so you can have a go at practising what you’ve learned and gain experience writing in a variety of different styles.

By the end of the course, you’ll have had the opportunity to experiment with composing poetry in a range of styles and structures and will have learned to how use voice and persona in your writing to enable you to express your thoughts, feeling and ideas on a variety of themes. You’ll receive support and feedback throughout your learning to give you the knowledge and experience you need to continue writing poetry outside of the classroom.  

What will I learn?

You will learn how to:

  • Write in blank verse and to use iambic pentameter
  • Use voice and persona in your writing to create dramatic effect
  • Compose poetry in stanzas
  • Write poetry in the ode and ballad structures
  • Compose ballads and villanelles
  • Use the sonnet format to compose poetry.

What is it like to learn with East Riding Adult Learning and Employability?

At East Riding Adult Learning and Employability we pride ourselves on the support we give to our learners, from the very first time you contact us, to the day you achieve your goals.

If you choose to learn with us you will be supported by our dedicated staff, learn in small, friendly and welcoming groups, have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities to practice your skills. You’ll be encouraged to continue to apply what you’ve learned when you’re away from the classroom and you’ll receive lots of encouragement and feedback to help you build both your skills and your confidence.

Our team will be there to support you at every step of your journey and we always welcome your feedback to help us to ensure that you always feel safe, happy, supported and welcome. 

What do I need to join the course?

You don’t need any experience of writing poetry at all, just an interest in the subject and the willingness to get involved and to have a go putting pen to paper.

What do I need to provide for the first session?

We recommend that you bring a notebook and a pen.

What could I do next?

There are so many things you can learn with East Riding of Yorkshire Adult Learning and Employability! It really does depend on you and what you want to achieve. Our friendly teams will support you in deciding your next move, whether this is progression to a further poetry course or whether you’d like to expand your horizons and sign up to a creative writing course instead.

If you’d like to improve your English skills outside of poetry, you might like to look at our Functional Skills English course offer or make an appointment to speak to a Personal Adviser to find out more.

You might instead choose to learn a completely new skill, join one of our employability programmes, take part in some family learning, practice mindfulness, learn more about mental health or improve your maths or digital skills.

Whatever you choose, you can be confident that our teams will be able to support you every step of the way.

Can we help you to learn?

You can find more information on the Financial help and additional support page or you can contact us to talk about this and any other support we can provide.

Venue Details

Adult Learning Cottingham
Adult Learning Centre, Hallgate, Cottingham
HU16 4DD

01482 842329