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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Poetry: A User's Guide
Module Code EL109
School 67
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Jack Quin
Semester 2: Jack Quin
Autumn: Jack Quin
Module TeachersKit Fryatt
Jack Quin
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

Through the study of a range of poetry and poetries, the fundamental aspects of poetry's affective and intellectual appeal will be analysed.

Learning Outcomes

1. Communicate a fundamental knowledge of how poetry's word-music is generated
2. Show an understanding of the other dimensions of poetry's sensory appeal
3. Analyse the formal resources of poetry
4. Show a problematic understanding of the role of the poet in culture, and be alert to the power of a poetic persona
5. Respond aptly to the dynamism and range of poetry in critical language

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture21Two lectures per week
Tutorial4Class discussion in smaller groups
Independent Study100Reading of primary texts, study of secondary materials, completion of assignment work.
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Through reading a range of poems, students will learn how rhythm and meter shape the music of poetry

The Image
How poetry creates an image, and constructs a sense of sight. Other aspects of poetry's sensory capabilities will also be explored.

Identifying and differentiating Poetic Forms
Students will explore poetic form and sub-genre

The Poet
How poets perform, sometimes through the creation of a distinct poetic persona. A series of poets will be explored as case studies.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayMid semester and end of semester assignments: including comparison exercises and evaluation of a case study poet.100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Greenblatt et al.: 2007, The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 8th ed., W.W. Norton, New York,
  • Walt Whitman: 0, Leaves of Grass,
  • Emily Dickinson: 0, Poems of Emily Dickinson, ed Franklin, Harvard, Cambridge MA,
  • Ciaran Carson: 0, Collected Poems, 978-193063045
  • Stephen Matterson and Daryl Jones: 0, Studying Poetry, Manchester,
  • Stephen Matterson and Michael Hinds (eds): 2004, Rebound :The American Poetry Book, Rodopi, New York,
  • Randall Jarrell: 1953, Poetry and the Age, Random House, New York,
  • Helen MacNeil (ed.): 1986, Emily Dickinson, J.M. Dent, London,
  • Christopher Ricks: 1984, The Force of Poetry, Clarendon, New York and Oxford,
  • Michael Schmidt: 1999, The Lives of the Poets, Random House, New York,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BREBachelor of Religious Education &English
SMPHSSSingle Module Programme (Hum Soc Sci)

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