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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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If you love poetry but have sometimes been puzzled by it, then this course will help you to 'make sense' of poems. We examine what good poets have traditionally wanted their readers to know about such things as metre, diction, syntax, rhyme, other sound effects and figurative language. We explore what sensitive, historically-informed and imaginative reading is like and identify the kinds of literary competence needed to make it more fully possible.


Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Course dates

27 Apr 2017 to 01 Jun 2017

Course duration

5 week(s)

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

Qualifications / Credits


Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

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