Poetry Through the Ages

128 TUTOR: Fleur Lloyd

The best of English literature can be found in poetry. Throughout the ages poets have produced poems that are lyrically beautiful, powerfully emotive and profoundly engaged with the intellectual questions of the day. We shall be looking at and discussing key poems from Chaucer to our current Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage. This course is designed for everyone, with no need for prior knowledge of poetry. However, we also welcome those among you who know your poetry well and enjoy contributing to the reading and discussion.

3 PM
PM course

Course Notes

This is a course for anyone wanting to learn about or revisit some of the greatest poems in the English Language viewed for the most part chronologically. We shall be exploring key works together. Previously students have enjoyed coming to the classes without any preconceptions and have appreciated the element of surprise. However, if you would like to do some advance reading, poets, a selection of chosen poets follows:

Chaucer, Shakespeare, John Donne, John Milton, Andrew Marvell, Alexander Pope, William Blake John Keats, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Tennyson, Browning, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thomas Hard, W>B> Yeats, T. S Eliot . Sylvia Plath, Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage.

In the classroom, everyone will get a chance to read a selection of the poems aloud, although this is not compulsory and all will have the opportunity to discuss interpretations, likes and dislikes, and to introduce your own favoured poem not included in my selection.

NB. MCSS will be providing a bespoke anthology so there is no need to bring anything to the course, though you may want to supplement with your own favoured texts.

The tutor reserves the right to change or amend the list of poets.


Course Tutor

Fleur Lloyd

About Fleur


Fleur Lloyd Tutor has worked in the theatre as well as teaching both literature, drama and creative writing in schools, colleges and universities. She has taught creative writing and Literature courses at Marlborough Summer School for 17 years and in 2022, she gave a lecture on Desert Island Poems and her book "Just Write” was published. Last year her lecture was on Poetry for all Seasons.




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