HM4007: Poetry: Foundations and Legacies

HM4007: Poetry: Foundations and Legacies

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Poetry: Foundations and Legacies
Module Code HM4007
Module Tutor Angela France
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

This module introduces students to the fundamentals of writing poetry and familiarises them with its basic formal and structural legacies. It also introduces the elements of what makes a well-crafted or poorly crafted contemporary poem. This module provides an introductory overview and practical guide to poetry for students beginning the Creative Writing programme. Students will reflect on the nature and variety of historical and contemporary poetic practices, and will be introduced to the practical aspects of poetry through discussion of exemplar poems with particular critical attention to craft; writing exercises; and peer critique.

Indicative Syllabus

This module will run as weekly lectures and workshops. Through a series of poetic case studies students will be introduced to a range of practical approaches to the making of various forms of poetry, including sonnets, sestinas, villanelles, terza rima, ballads, ballades, free verse, and prose poetry. Students will consider a range of basic issues in the construction of poems which will include: how do subject and shape interact? How is language heightened in poems? What is ‘good’ and ‘bad’ poetry? Students will be encouraged to produce poems on a weekly basis and to apply what they learn from looking closely at examples to their own work. In addition, students will attend weekly lectures in the Humanities, covering a wide range of topics, many of which can potentially provide a philosophical and critical underpinning for students’ creative work.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:...

  1. demonstrate a broad understanding of the forms of poetry and be able to construct appropriate examples of their own work
  2. demonstrate a broad understanding of the basic conventions of modern poetry, and discuss how these conventions may be used and appropriately challenged
  3. demonstrate the ability to understand and evaluate their own work and the work of their peers in the context of modern poetic output
  4. demonstrate broad knowledge of poetic structure and form through the results of their own studies in a substantial and coherent essay
  5. demonstrate the ability to research and write independently and grasp the practical demands of making contemporary poetry.
  6. demonstrate a broad critical and craft-based understanding of key examples of classical and contemporary poems.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 72
Independent Learning Hours: 228
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 40% Assignment: Individual: 2000 words or equivalent
002: 60% Assignment: Individual: 3000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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