Following Poetry from Epic to Instagram
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This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- Identify and be able to describe different poetic techniques, genres, and theories.
- Identify and be able to describe different manifestations of poetry in their cultural contexts.
- Deploy research findings to support attested ideas about literary expression, textual meaning, and the social, aesthetic, and cognitive functions of poetry.
- Organise and present information efficiently, meaningfully and creatively.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
Pre-requisite: 80 credit points at 1000 level or above
No additional requirements
This unit investigates the history and practice of one of the most enduring literary genres. It aims to extend students both critically and creatively so that they can read, write, discuss or teach poetry with confidence and better understand its continuing evolution today. Students will study the histories and types of poetic excellence through ancient texts and their present-day equivalents. We will consider how we read, write and teach poetry in ways that borrow from the insights of the past while using the tools of the twenty-first century, such as YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. We will analyse the rise of 'Instagram Poets' such as Rupi Kaur to better understand how they reach thousands of followers in a cybernetic reinvention of poetic fame and the transmission of poetry. Students will gain an enhanced understanding of the traditions and techniques of English-language poetry, learn to experiment with poetry and receive supportive feedback from published poets and poetry scholars to improve their creative 'eye' and 'ear', as well as their own editing skills.
- Early Feedback Quiz (10%)
- Tutorial participation (20%)
- Scholarly Article Analysis (30%)
- Research essay (40%)
Current study term: 25 Jul 21 to 05 Nov 21
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