In the 1980s (84-86), when my first marriage was starting to totter I did some courses with the OU. I did Foundation Level Maths, 2nd level pure maths and Foundation Level Technology. Then everything went pear shaped. I'd actually been to an OU Day School when I came home and tried to commit suicide - whether the fact that I didn't understand the course (I think it was engineering in maths) had anything to do with the attempt I don't know. I dropped the course - which was the second one I'd dropped.
Then I met poliphilo and thought about studying but I've always been too 'busy'. I did a beginners conversational Urdu - which I dropped out of and poor poliphilo ended up completing for me. But anyway, I'm going back to studying with the OU. I've booked, and paid for, a 2nd level course - an Arts course - called Introduction to Literature.
When I was at school I did CSE English Literature - no Shakespeare or any other 'difficult' stuff, so it's going to be a challenge.
I'm lucky though that poliphilo will help out. He's already started me off on some easy to read poetry - Stevie Smith & Sir John Betchemen (we have 3 cds of Sir John reading his own poetry, which are brilliant.).
I remember when I was at school (all those years ago) reading poetry was just something that you did, but I'm struggling to find, rhythym, timbre etc., I'll also be studying 3 Shakespeare plays - Henry V, Othello, and As You Like It.
I'm really looking forward to it - although it doesn't start until Feb 5 2005 - I've already read The Color Purple (a set book) and am reading a play - The rover - by Aphra Behn.
I'm 50 this year, never did my homework (or most classwork) at school - it was progressive - and so haven't written an essay for at least 34 years, and probably never wrote a good one But I Will