2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
ENGL1261 Poetry: Reading and Interpretation
20 creditsClass Size: 220
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Module manager: Professor John Whale
Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Pre-requisite qualificationsGrade B at A level in English Language or Literature or equivalent.
This module is mutually exclusive with
|ENGL1260||Poetry: Reading & Interpretat|
This module is approved as a discovery module
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should be able to read poetic texts with an awareness of historical context; they will possess the fundamental critical skills and terminologies required to produce close textual readings of poetry and be familiar with range of critical/theoretical approaches to poetry and to literature and culture across history more generally.
In terms of Academic Excellence this module develops critical thinking, flexibility of thought and analytical skills. It supports and develops the ability to work autonomously, initiative, planning and organisational skills. Students will learn to analyse information, synthesise views and make connections; students will be critically aware of, and be informed by, current knowledge; and will develop research skills. In short:
- Skills for effective communication, oral and written.
- Capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse.
- Ability to acquire quantities of complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way.
- Capacity for independent thought and judgement.
- Critical reasoning.
- Research skills, including information retrieval skills, the organisation of material, and the evaluation of its importance.
- IT skills.
- Time management and organisational skills.
- Independent learning.
Skills for effective communication, oral and written.
Capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse.
Ability to acquire quantities of complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way.
Capacity for independent thought and judgement.
Research skills, including information retrieval skills, the organisation of material, and the evaluation of its importance.
Time management and organisational skills.
To read poetry is to go back to what's elemental in literature - that is, both to the earliest form of literature, and also to what is fundamental and distinct about literature as a medium. This module aims to immerse you in, and enchant you with, the multiple elements of poetry. Working to define essential aspects of poetic form such as rhythm, rhyme, metre, language, sound and poetic figures, we will help to sharpen your interpretative technique in order to understand the complex and fascinating relation between form and content in poetry. Through a range of poetic voices and periods in poetry in English (also including American poetry, dialect poetry, medieval poetry), you will cover distinct poetic traditions, such as the ballad, the lyric and the sonnet, and will consider the affiliation between poetry and song, poetry and speech, and poetry and performance. You will be introduced to poetry in archives and will have a chance to look at original poems by well-known poets in draft versions. Critical and theoretical debates about the nature and function of poetry will be explored, as we think about why poetry matters and how it matters; and why it should continue to be read in our prose-heavy world of today.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||168.00|
|Total Contact hours||32.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyTo include preparation and reading for each weekly seminar; additional reading from the indicative reading list; preparation of any unassessed tasks as required, preparation of assessed work.
Opportunities for Formative Feedback- Seminar contribution.
- Feedback on close-reading exercise.
- Feedback on research exercise.
- Feedback on essay.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Written Work||500 word close reading exercise||25.00|
|Written Work||1,000 word research exercise in relation to a poetry archive||25.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 04/10/2019
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