Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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 commsubjecty
  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.
  • Topics
    • An introduction to writing poetry
    • Finding Angels in unlikely places
    • Imagery ~ similes, metaphors and other spells
    • Breaking the line: shape and structure
    • Meter, flow, sound and rhythm ~ life in the engine room
    • Free or formal verse?
    • Rhyme ~ Poetry to Lyrics
    • Telling stories ~ the narrative poem
    • The prose poem
    • Blackening pages and reading out loud ~the art of editing
    • How is poetry relevant in the modern works? Using your poetic skills in daily/domestic, work/academic life
    • Getting published ~ the where, how and when to publish your work.
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Blog
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • E-Portfolios
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment

Entry Requirements

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

In this subject 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 subject 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.

  • Assignment 1 - Portfolio (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Reading and Discussion (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Poem and Synopsis (20%)
  • Assignment 4 - Essay (20%)

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 subject

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