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