2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
ENGL1260 Poetry: Reading and Interpretation
20 creditsClass Size: 500
Module manager: Dr Matthew Rubery
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2008/09
Pre-requisite qualificationsGrade B at A level in English Language or Literature or equivalent.
This module is approved as an Elective
Module summaryThis module aims to give you the confidence to read and enjoy poetry. You will have the opportunity to explore in depth poems from a range of genres and historical periods and you will be introduced to the critical skills required for studying verse. The technical features of poetry in English (for example, rhythm, metre, rhyme, and form) will be introduced and examined alongside other critical, historical and social contexts. The module will provide a foundation for those wishing to explore poetry on their own for pleasure or those wishing to make it part of their future academic study. It will give you a sustained opportunity not only for mastering the formal basics of verse forms, but also for asking the questions: What is poetry? How does it work? How does it see itself and how has it been seen in relation to other aspects of culture?
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.
Students will have developed:
- the ability to use written and oral communication effectively;
- the capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse;
- the ability to manage quantities of complex information in a structured and systematic way;
- the capacity for independent thought and judgement;
- critical reasoning;
- research skills, including the retrieval of information, the organisation of material and the evaluation of its importance;
- IT skills;
- efficient time management and organisation skills;
- the ability to learn independently.
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.
This module aims to provide students with:
- an introduction to a selection of poetic texts in English, representative of a range of genres and of periods;
- some of the critical skills and terminologies required to produce close textual ananlysis of poetry, through consideration of the technical features of English verse (line, stanza, rhyme, rhythm, and metre);
- an exploration of a range of critical and theoretical approaches to literature and culture.
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information
|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.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackSeminar contribution
Two assessed essays
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||50.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||2 hr||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||50.00|
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 27/08/2008
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