Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.
This module aims to develop and enhance the student’s skills in the craft of writing poetry; to familiarise students with writings on poetics; to enhance skills in close reading and analysis particularly in relation to poetry; and to develop skills such as the use of extended metaphor and dramatic monologue in the composition of their own poems. Students will critically reflect on the nature and variety of poetic practices, including their own, and use this critical reflective process in order to better understand the making of poems as an artistic process with particular attention to craft and poetics through the critically reflective practice of poetry composition.
This module will run as weekly seminars, followed by two-hour workshops. The seminars will focus on subject-related readings and discussion. Topics/themes will be largely chronological and will be chosen from among others: the practical application of various types of simile, metaphor and irony; the use of dialogue and dramatic monologue in poetry; and various writings by Hopkins, Pound, Eliot, Mayakovsky, Loy, Lorca, Olson, Ginsberg, Boland and Rich which deal with poetics. Workshops will focus on the critical development of the students own poetry.
A student passing this module should be able to:
A course map contains a list of the individual study units, called modules, that you study to complete your course. Some modules are compulsory, but you can sometimes choose modules outside your core area of study which interest you.
A module is a self-contained, individual unit of study. The module descriptor provides various details about the module including who the module tutor is, what you will be studying, how you will be assessed and what you will have learned once you have completed the module.
Course maps and module descriptors from previous years can be found in the Course Resources Archive.