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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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In response to demand from previous students, this new course will continue the discussion of poetic style, covering the music of poetry, verse forms, allusion, how to decide what to focus on and the function of such criticism as this. Exploring a wide chronological range of poetry, we will learn about the contexts which give rise to the often baffling poetic experiments of our own postmodernist era. Many relevant cultural issues—class, religion, gender, nationality, the role of the academy and so on--will be addressed as they come up. The chief concern, however, will be to respect for the poet’s words above all others.


Fees & bursaries


The course fee includes tuition, tea, coffee and lunch and travel on excursions (but not entrance fees to properties visited).

VAT does not apply to course fees and there is no service charge (gratuities to domestic staff are left to your discretion).


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.


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

06 Jun 2019 to 04 Jul 2019

Course duration

5 Weeks

Apply by

30 May 2019

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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