Percy Bysshe Shelley: Work, Life and Love - An Introduction - Online Course - Community Learning - 10:00-12:00

Online Event, Nottingham

Key details

Date -
Sessions Saturdays: 10am - 12pm
No. sessions 4
Venue Online Event, Nottingham
For ages 19+
Group size 5 - 15
Cost FREE - £24

About this course

To celebrate the bi-centenary of Shelley’s death we will look at how his short, eventful life and his politics are reflected in his work and how that work can speak to us today. 

What will be covered on the course 

  • Against the cultural and political background to Shelley’s time we will look at his life, what shaped his thinking and how he became one of the greatest poets ever to have written in English. Each session we will look at least one poem or part of a longer work in depth both for its own sake and order to illuminate the choices he made and especially his political thinking.  
  • We will look at the women who helped to shape him ( and what they had to put up with!) and well as the poets whose lives intersected with his, Byron, Keats and others 

By the end of this course, learners will: 

  • Have gained an overview of Shelley’s life and times 
  • Gained insights and ways of approaching a selection of his work 
  • Gained an understanding of his political thinking and his influence on others 
  • Developed a confident critical vocabulary in looking  at and discussing a poem 
  • Developed a capacity to enjoy poems which may at first seem difficult 
  • What skills or knowledge do learners already need to have to attend the course? 
  • Ability to read and understand English 
  • Openness to learning and to ideas which may not be your way of thinking 

What should leaners bring?

  • Pens and paper 

Suggested Reading for the course  

  • Shelley- The Pursuit, Richard Holmes, Harper Perennial. 1991 978-0140158809  
  • Red Shelley. Paul Foot, Bookmarks, 1984 ISBN-13 978-0906224137 
  • A complete or selected volume of Shelley’ poetry 

As this course is online, a suitable device such as laptop, smart phone, tablet or computer will be required to access the course.  Zoom will be used for the live sessions and the link will be sent to you once your enrolment has been completed.

Booking your place and fee information

If you are in receipt of certain benefits you will be offered the course for free, however if you have a financial barrier which may prevent you from enrolling on the course  please visit our webpage for further information

To secure your place on the course BOTH the following must be done:

  • Complete the EVENTBRITE BOOKING.
  • Complete our INSPIRE ONLINE ENROLMENT FORM for each person attending the course.

You should be redirected to the Inspire Online Enrolment Form after completing the Eventbrite booking.  If you are not redirected, please use the link supplied in the Eventbrite booking confirmation email.

To book and enrol on one of our courses, you must have been living in England and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years.

Some exceptions may apply if you are living in England with evidence of the right to remain and are from an EEU/EEAU country (completion of a questionnaire will be required).

As we no longer receive funding for our ESFA-funded courses for learners living in the devolved areas listed below, full cost fees would apply to these courses if you live in these areas:

  • Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield 
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater London
  • Greater Manchester
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • West Yorkshire

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