20 credits at level HE4
Poetry Writing Introduction is one of the three core introductory modules on the Creative Writing programme. The module is designed to stimulate your interest in what it takes to write poems successfully at this level of study, and to support you in finding out about the kind of work that poets are currently writing and publishing. By examining the conventions observed by profesional writers, you are encouraged to develop a practical sense of what writing is, how it works, and how you can take control of what you write. The reading list given is a long way from exhaustive, and the more independent reading you undertake, the greater will be your awareness and enjoyment of the writing process. Classes generally feature the discussion of a particular technique, followed by a writing exercise aimed at allowing you to build up a practical understanding of its use. In this way, you will become familiar with a preliminary vocabulary of criticism and self-criticism, and gain experience in drafting and redrafting your work.
The emphasis on your creative work in these introductory modules is complemented by the study of undergraduate skills which will have valuable practical applications in your studies at university.
In devising the creative element for this module we drew on the areas of poetic technique which have evolved with the traditions of English-language poetry and which are of most relevance to contemporary published poets. These include: rhythm and metre; versions of rhyme; stanza and structure; image; as well as more language-based areas such as syntax and vocabulary.
The undergraduate skills element here focuses mainly on the voice. We will cover techniques for reading aloud and speaking effectively, building your confidence in contributing to class discussions, and developing a group presentation. We will also cover time-management skills and how to reflect effectively on your learning process.
The methods of teaching, learning and assessment for this module are designed to reflect the practice of professional poets. This moves between deveoping general expertise in writing as well as the day-to-day skill of putting words together effectively.
Notionally, a module of this length will require something like 200 hours of learning time, up to around 30 of which will take place in the classroom. As the main purpose of the module is that you should come up with original writing, the reading of other poets' work and the redrafting of your own pieces account for a substantial portion of your learning time. You will receive group or individual tutorials which will focus on this. The feedback you receive in these sessions should be viewed as an informal part of the assessment process. In each weekly session the focus will be on a different aspect of writing, and classroom activities will include the discussion and comparison of writing techniques employed by published authors, and the practice of original writing through workshop exercises conducted in a cooperative, supportive atmosphere. These methods are used in order to enhance understanding of the effects of writing techniques and to stimulate creativity, confidence and critical ability. Examples of the techniques under discussion will be drawn from the books on the reading list. The library holds copies of each title given. The aim is to refer only to books currently in print, and you may prefer to buy copies of your own.
The portfolio will be made up of the assignments which arise out of the undergraduate skills part of the module and you will need to submit all these assignments in order to pass the module. You will need to organise your private study so as to allow time to focus on all the module requirements. Time management is among the skills covered on this module.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||practise basic technique in original poetry||
1.1 show control in the assembly of your work
1.2 in discussion, make analysis of the construction of your writing
|2.||draft your original notes into finished poetry||
1.1 identify the strengths and weaknesses of your work
2.2 develop your understanding of what makes up your writing
3.3 develop an understanding of how each piece of your writing relates to the others
|3.||contextualise your writing||
1.1 make meaningful comparisons between the poems you rite and the published poems discussed in class
1.2 in discussion, make reference to relevant reading
|4.||display a range of transferable study skills||
1.1 apply the skills covered in the portfolio element of the module to your study
1.2 reflect on the development of your learning abilities in this module
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||folder of six original poems, exhibiting an awareness of the techniques covered on the module||portfolio demonstrating evidence of the undergraduate skills covered on the module|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Padel, Ruth [ed], 52 Ways of Looking at a Poem, London: Chatto & Windus 2003
Wainwright, Jeffrey, Poetry the Basics, London, Routledge 2004
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