ENG-10022 - Poetry through practice
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

By writing poetry we can become better readers of poetry; and by reading poetry we can become better writers. This module is designed to establish a bridge between the composition and criticism of poetry by introducing students to different literary modes and creative strategies through practice.
Taking in a broad selection of poetry with a contemporary bias, the module will look at major poetic modes (for example the love lyric and the elegy), explore how different poets employ these modes, and encourage students to employ them in their own writing. The module will be taught by a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops in which students will discuss selections of poetry and compose work of their own.

To introduce students to the key characteristics of poetry.
To show how the understanding of these characteristics can be employed to explore the meaning of a text.
To provide students with an awareness of the literary traditions to which their writing might respond.
To provide students with an awareness of the contemporary literary context of their own writing.
To introduce an awareness of form and genre to students' own creative writing.
To give students the opportunity to engage with creative as well as critical practice and to begin to explore the relationship between the two.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

recognise some of the key literary characteristics of poetry and the terminology used to describe it: 1,2
write poems that demonstrate an engagement with the critical questions raised on the module: 1
employ written and oral communication (including the use of the VLE) in the critical discussion of poetry: 2
reflect critically on the creative practice (of themselves and others): 2
show knowledge of the work of a range of contemporary poets and their literary antecedents: 1,2
demonstrate analytical skills - close reading, description and analysis of form in relation to a poem's meaning: 2

Study hours

Lectures: 6 hours
Small Reading Groups: 6 hours
Small Writers' Workshops: 12 hours
Feedback: 1 hour
Individual study: 62 hours
Assessment preparation: 63 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Portfolio weighted 60%
A portfolio of poetry
A portfolio of original poetry consisting of 5 poems, demonstrating a response to the modes of poetry taught on the module.

2: Commentary weighted 40%
A critical commentary on the portfolio
Five short Commentaries (of around 150-250 words each) on the poems in the Portfolio, demonstrating an awareness of technical and critical issues relating to the creative work.