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English mature students' masterclass

Nineteenth-century poetry of suffering

This masterclass was designed for prospective mature students who are interested in studying English at university.

During the masterclass a range of poetry about suffering and loss was examined, beginning with Wordsworth’s 'Elegiac Stanzas', a poem which uses the painting Peele Castle in a Storm to contemplate the meaning of loss. Sections from Tennyson’s great poem of loss, 'In Memoriam', were then discussed. The masterclass closed with a consideration of Hardy’s bittersweet lyric, addressing his feelings at the end of the century, 'Darkling Thrush'.

Ways in which poets of the nineteenth century used both the natural world and the urban landscape to present feelings of profound grief were a focus of the day.

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UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT