Nature’s Other Minstrels: Bird Poems of the Romantic Poets
Bird song has long been associated with British poetry, especially in the Romantic period, 1780s to 1820s. This may explain why the nightingale became the most celebrated bird in English verse. The course will focus on poems by Coleridge, Wordsworth, Keats, Clare and Shelley – not only about nightingales, but also the skylark, the cuckoo, the snipe and the owl. How successfully did the poets enter the natural world of these birds? We shall explore their perspective on each bird – from the ethereal to the terrestrial, from the fanciful to the carefully observed. Tutor: Jane Crozier
Saturday 22 February Fee: £56
Jane Crozier holds several degrees in English and American Literature. She spent much of her career teaching adults in Further Education, also working as a visiting Tutor at the Institute of Education and as a Research Fellow at Queen Mary University London. When she moved to Somerset nine years ago, she had the time to create courses for adults that follow her particular interests, the literature of landscape and the literature of gardens. After taking a few practical horticulture qualifications she was able to combine elements of horticultural practice with knowledge of British garden history and so draw on a range of enthusiasms in her teaching.