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Unit information: Poetry in 2020/21

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. Gournet
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 written in English. It will introduce students to rhyme and metre; poetic imagery; and a
number of poetic forms such as the sonnet, epic and pastoral. It will also consider the use of historical context in literary readings and ideas from 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 and space. 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 a poem's composition and 'final' published version.

Intended learning outcomes

Successful students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to approach and critically analyse poetry from a range of historical periods and in a variety of forms
  2. Identify and analyse the technical or formal characteristics of poetry from a range of genres and historical periods orally and in writing.
  3. Construct a reasoned argument about a poet(s) or poem(s) supported by appropriate use of evidence and analysis appropriate to level C/4.

Teaching details

This unit will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous teaching over a period of 10 weeks. Sessions will include mini-lecturers, presentations, small group discussions supported by practical activities, and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

1 x 3000 word essay (100%) (ILOS 1-3)

Reading and References

William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads
Selections from a range of anthology including:
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, gen. ed. Stephen Greenblatt,
10thedn, 6 vols (New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2018)