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History - First World War Poets - Online Live

Day of week:
Delivered online
Mixed Level
10:00 - 12:00
2 weeks

In this short course, we will take time to consider the lives and works of some of the most well-known poet-soldiers of the First World War – such as Siegfried Sassoon; Wilfred Owen; Rupert Brooke and Isaac Rosenberg. Using their poetry as a starting point, we will learn about their experiences of war and discover how their attitudes towards warfare developed over the four years of conflict.

By the end of this course you should be able to:
• Place the poets of World War I in the wider context of British history
• Describe some aspects of the life in the trenches during World War I
• Discuss the value of this poetry as historical evidence

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Naomi Dickins

Naomi Dickins graduated from the University of Bristol with a B.A. (Hons) in History and also has an Advanced Diploma in Local Historical Studies from the University of Oxford. She has worked as an archivist, historical researcher and lecturer and recently published a history of Tenterden with Amberley Books. Naomi also has a lifelong love of textile and needle crafts, is an embroidery artist, runs textiles workshops and is a designer for Practical Publishing craft magazines.

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How will I be taught?

Each week there will be an informative talk during which class discussion will be encouraged. Students shall use small group work to analyse original sources and a range of handouts will be available for discussion purposes.

There is no formal assessment but you will be encouraged to discuss your progress during the course with the tutor and complete an Individual Learning Plan which provides a record of the specific topics you will have covered.

What can I do next?

If you have enjoyed this course you might consider enrolling on further history courses. Your tutor can advise in class, or speak to us. All courses can be found on

What do I need to join the course

Everyone is welcome to join this course. No prior knowledge is necessary but a good understanding of English is essential.

If you have a disability and think it may affect your learning in the classroom or in using any of our other services, please speak to us in confidence as soon as possible. We will discuss options with you and do our best to provide the appropriate support.

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If you require any information about joining this online course then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code ONL/119945/M/LC.