LT143-4-AU-CO:
Poetry: A Very Short Introduction

The details
2023/24
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
15
14 February 2023

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BA W800 Creative Writing,
BA W801 Creative Writing (Including Year Abroad),
BA W803 Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA W808 Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
MLITQ392 Creative Writing,
BA PW38 Film and Creative Writing,
BA PW39 Film and Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA PW88 Film and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA PWH8 Film and Creative Writing (Including Year Abroad),
BA QW30 Literature and Creative Writing,
BA QW31 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Year Abroad),
BA QW33 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA QW38 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
MLITQ393 Literature and Creative Writing

Module description

This ten week module in creative writing will explore poetry from its origins to the present by asking students to engage with both traditional forms and recent experiments. By taking a long view of poetry it will explore the way in which poetry changes over time, migrating from one place to another, one form to another, from cave wall to bark, to page, to body, to building, to advertising billboard, to electronic media.

Contemporary work will be explored which both engages with and departs from traditional forms of poetry, including work that extends the boundaries and the language and forms of poetry towards actions, non-poetic language, and word-games. While the history of poetry might seem to demonstrate that the best poets – Mallarmé, Maxwell – are essentially unemployable, poetry and its utilitarian functions in advertising and related fields connecting to employability will be a central feature.

Teaching itself, as far as possible, will itself be experimental – including the gathering of feathers and objects, five-minute lectures, and field work – attempting to perform the "restrangement" that underpins much poetic activity.

Module aims

This module aims to introduce students of creative writing to a variety of poetry and to conceptions of poetry through analysis and practice that extend the norms of mainstream poetic practice, including Ice Age poetry, poetic actions, word-games, curses and spells. While the module will introduce the students to traditional forms, such as the sestina and epithalamium, it will also explore how writers have challenged traditional forms and conceptions of poetry, and taken forms from the page to the body and to walls and advertising billboards.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module, students will be able to:

1. Display a detailed knowledge of poetic form.
2. Show understanding of some of the main ways in which poetry has developed and changed throughout its history.
3. Evidence how their own poetry is informed by the poetries of the past and the present.
4. Demonstrate an ability to explore poetry practically, engaging with a variety of approaches.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Anticipated teaching delivery: Students will be taught by a combination of 5-minute lecture, seminar, workshops, practical writing exercises, and writing experiments. This will take place over a ten week period in which there will be scheduled 2 hour seminars.

Bibliography

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Participation mark    5% 
Coursework   3 Poems  22/12/2023  40% 
Coursework   Ghost Companion and Commentary of 500 words   22/12/2023  50% 
Coursework   Advertising Slogan  22/12/2023  5% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Philip Terry, email: pterry@essex.ac.uk.
Professor Phil Terry
LiFTS General Office – email: liftstt@essex.ac.uk Telephone 01206 872626

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
Yes

External examiner

Dr Eleanor Perry
University of Kent
Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry)
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 18 hours, 14 (77.8%) hours available to students:
4 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

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