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Unit information: Poetry in 2016/17

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Unit name Poetry
Unit code ENGL10101
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Gareth Griffith
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit will encourage students to read and appreciate a wide range of poetry. It will introduce literary concepts such as genre, historical context and critical theory. There will be a particular emphasis on poetic form and voice; through this approach, students will be encouraged to consider both particular authors and the development of certain forms across time. There will be an opportunity to study poetry in draft as well as in published forms, and through this to think about the process of composition.


This unit aims to enhance students' critical appreciation of poetry, and to widen their knowledge of concepts that inform an understanding of this literary form. In particular, the unit will aim to develop students' knowledge of particular poets and of aspects of form that shape any poem, through composition as well as in a published or 'final' version.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

1) the ability to approach and critically analyse poetry from a range of historical periods and in a variety of forms

2) skills in discussing such works orally and in writing.

Teaching details

1 x 3-hour seminar weekly for 10 weeks.

Assessment Details

1 x oral presentation (40%) (ILOs 1-2)

1 x 3000-word essay (60%) (ILOs 1-2)

Reading and References

A variety of poetry in English from medieval to modern.