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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL3034 Romantic Lyric Poetry

20 creditsClass Size: 18

School of English

Module manager: Dr Jeremy Davies

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is a chance to study poetry in close-up detail. We will read poems from the Romantic period (roughly 1780 to 1830) as slowly and carefully as possible, to try to understand the inner workings of this exceptional body of literature. Alongside them, we will study theories of lyric. We’ll explore a tradition of critical thinking about what poetry is, what it does, and why it matters.


‘Romantic Lyric Poetry’ aims to help students develop an advanced understanding of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century poetry in English. The module will explore a relatively small body of writing, enabling an intensive and sophisticated reckoning with the pleasures and challenges of literary texts. It will also include study of influential arguments in literary and critical theory. Through small-group seminar discussion, and opportunities for written work and feedback, it will enable students to deepen their close reading skills, and to think in ambitious ways about the significance of literature and culture.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of poetic texts from the British Romantic period
2. Assess some key arguments in poetics and literary theory from the 1790s to the present
3. Discuss Romantic-period poems in the light of their literary tradition and subsequent critical responses

Skills Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
4. Interpret complex written texts
5. Communicate ideas in fluent academic writing
6. Contribute productively to collaborative discussion in seminars


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Weekly dialogue in small-group seminars; opportunities for one to one meetings in tutor’s weekly support hours; opportunities to meet with departmental Writing Mentors; individual written feedback on mid-semester assignment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioEssay + Editorial Presentation100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

2500 word essay + 1000 word editorial presentation of a poem

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 22/05/2024


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