Writing Poetry - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay (20%) , Exercises - Poem and Synopsis (20%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

In this unit you will explore a range of poetic styles and approaches. With an emphasis on creative writing that is informed by the discovery and critical reading of poetry, writers will examine and write poetry from various historical and contemporary traditions. These will include such forms as free verse, sestinas and rhyming couplets, through to narrative prose poems and dramatic monologues.

From this unit you will gain a broad understanding of poetry's history and evolution, with the primary focus of compiling a portfolio of poetic works within these traditions. An emphasis will be placed on weekly writing exercises and weekly discussion of wide reading throughout the Study Period, with the ultimate goal to begin to develop their individualised poetic voice.

At the completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. recognise and critically examine a wide range of poetry styles and forms
  2. realise and be able to articulate poetry's role in both contemporary society and in daily language needs
  3. create a range of poems from a variety of poetic traditions.
  4. develop an individualised aesthetic and poetic style.
  5. display a critical understanding of poetry in terms of meaning and method and poetic devices
  6. advance creativity in language and expression
  7. know about the poetry publishing community
  8. apply critical and imaginative responses to a wide-reading of poetry to your own work
  9. demonstrate an understanding of craft and editing skills
  10. identify and apply theoretical and practical knowledge of reading and writing poetry to own work.
  • Essay (20%)
  • Exercises — Poem and Synopsis (20%)
  • Online Discussion — Reading and Discussion (20%)
  • Portfolio (40%)

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

This unit addresses the following topics.

1An introduction to writing poetry
2Finding Angels in unlikely places
3Imagery ~ similes, metaphors and other spells
4Breaking the line: shape and structure
5Meter, flow, sound and rhythm ~ life in the engine room
6Free or formal verse?
7Rhyme ~ Poetry to Lyrics
8Telling stories ~ the narrative poem
9The prose poem
10Blackening pages and reading out loud ~the art of editing
11How is poetry relevant in the modern works? Using your poetic skills in daily/domestic, work/academic life
12Getting published ~ the where, how and when to publish your work.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Making Of A Poem : Norton Anthology Of Poetic Forms

    By:Eavan Boland & Mark Strand

    ISBN: 9780393321784


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Enquire online

    Need to ask a question that's best put down in words?
    Make an online enquiry.

    Enquire now

    Ready to enrol?

    Start studying this unit now.


    Got a question?

    Get an answer from one of our friendly Student Advisors.