20 credits at level HE5
While the overall aim of this module is to continue to develop the poetry writing skills introduced at level one and to experiment with new forms, styles and techniques in poetry writing, a new and important aspect here is the context of the creative process: students will develop an awareness of the history of poetry focusing mainly, but not exclusively, on poetry written in the second half of the twentieth century (1950-2000).
'Talent borrows, genius steals', wrote Oscar Wilde, and within the readings for this module students will explore the notion of influence and exchange between poets. Discussion will centre on close readings of late twentieth poems, examining the forms, content, voice, tone and techniques of the poem, with students searching for usable poetic devices to work into their own poetry. Particular attention will be given to polishing work to a high standard through the drafting and redrafting process. The major project will be a portfolio of 8-12 poems.
‘Writing Poetry: Study & Practice’ also aims to enhance students’ critical and reflective language. As well as a portfolio of work, students will be asked to use their reflective, critical skills through close reading of their own texts, published writers and work by other students. Students will be rewarded for the extent to which they can demonstrate in their commentary links and enhanced understanding between their reading and discussion and their own creative work.
The module will cover a number of key poetry themes from the era 1950-2000, including reactions against Pound and Eliot's High Modernism. The focus will be on reading and analysis of the various post-war schools, including the Movement, the Group, the New York School, the Antipodeans, post-colonial poetries, as well as the historical context for these literary movements. Students will asked to identify the tools these poets used to develop their writing and to take these into account in their own work, including: Form, Content, Voice and tone. There will be some discussion of the links between poetry and its social and political context where relevant.
The module will encourage a student's movement from the acquisition of key concepts to analysing them in the works of published writers, and using them in criticism and self-criticism of creative work. Students will then be in a position to submit edited work of a high standard.
Learning and teaching will be facilitated through the module seminar. Some student work will be 'Workshopped'. Seminars will focus on readings from major and minor late twentieth century poets and the skills and techniques that students can 'steal' and use in their own writing, as well as discussion and analysis of other poetry with the group from a writer’s point of view. Individual tutorials will enable students to get one to one feedback with their tutor on both their commentary and original work, and discuss any issues that may arise in the course of their study.
The major assessment item will be a portfolio of 8-12 original poems that are polished to a high standard and demonstrate an understanding of how poems can work in relation to each other – either through form, theme, narrative through-lines or extended imagery. The poems will represent the culmination of the student's thinking about poetry and peer and tutor commentary. All poems are expected to be drafted and re-drafted following workshopping.
The student will also be expected to write a critical commentary, 1500-2000 words, which discusses at least three poems by three different modern or contemporary poets covered in class, explaining the importance of these poems to the student as a poet and evaluating the poems' key features, such as subject, form, tone, language and voice.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||- be able to demonstrate the abity to create a collection of poems polished to a high standard and which will show attributes of the techniques and ideas studied in this module.||
1.1. - show breadth, originality and sophistiction in your creative work through effective drafting, editing and re-working of your original writing.
1.2. - show breadth and effectiveness in your responsiveness to peer and tutor suggestions on your writing and ideas about poetry.
|2.||- be able to show awareness of a variety of historical, aesthetic, and social implications of post-1950 and post-modern poetry and to make comparative links between aspects of this awareness and your own writing.||
2.1. - show broad, effective and flexible critical thinking from studying poets and movements in this module with relevance to your own poetry.
|3.||- be able to develop strategies for using and evaluating material related to the course critically, analytically and poetically for this module and to be aware of how such strategies might be developed for future use in Level 3 and beyond.||
3.1. - show breadth in discussing your original writing within the context of post-1950 English-language poetry.
3.2. - show breadth in understanding your own initiative and success in your own writing by engaging with a wide range of poetic techniques and ideas, and possibly show interest in how this understanding might be enhanced at Level 3 and beyond.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||sequence of 10-12 themed poems||critical essay considering recent published poems in the context of the student's self-evaluation as a writer|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Curtis, Tony. How Poets Work. Seren, 1996
Ford, Mark. The New York Poets: an anthology. Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2004.
Fussell, Paul. Poetic Metre and Poetic Form. McGraw-Hill, 1979.
Preminger, Brogan. New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry & Poetics. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992
O'Hara, Frank. 'Personism: A Manifesto', Yugen, 1959
Rothenberg, Jerome, and Pierre Joris, editors. Poems for the Millennium: University of California Book of Modern and Postmodern Poetry Volume Two: From Postwar to Millennium. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1998.
Schmidt, Michael. Harvill book of 20th-century poetry in English. London: Harvill, 1999
Schmidt, Michael. Lives of the Poets. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1998.
Wainwright, Jeffrey. Poetry: The Basics. London: Routledge, 2004.
Wilmer, Cliver. Poets Talking. Carcanet, 1994
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