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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.


Fees and bursaries

The course fee includes tuition and refreshments.

VAT does not apply to course fees.

You may cancel a course booking at any time. After the 14 day cancellation period has expired, the standard ICE course cancellation policy will apply. Please view our refund and cancellation policy for further details.

Cambridge University Press Bursaries for teachers

The Cambridge University Press (CUP) Bursary Fund offers a bursary of 50% of the course fee to applicants who teach in a UK state school or state-funded further education institution, applying to study a day school, weekend course or online course.

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

10 Jan 2019 to 07 Feb 2019

Course duration

5 weeks

Course fee


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


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

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