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Archived Version 2018 - 2019

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Through the study of a range of poetry, the fundamental aspects of poetry's affective and intellectual appeal will be analysed. Students will apply theoretical and practical knowledge of poetic devices and techniques to three ‘case study’ poets.

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. Demonstrate a knowledge of lineation and layout
4. Analyse the formal resources of poetry, with reference to sub-genres such as the dramatic monologue, pastoral, the lyric sequence and the narrative poem
5. Show a problematic understanding of the role of the poet in culture, and be alert to the power of a poetic persona
6. Respond aptly to the dynamism and range of poetry in critical language

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture21No Description
Tutorial3No Description
Independent Study101No Description
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

Rhythm and metre
Practical exercises with a range of poems to demonstrate rhythm

Practical exercises with a range of poems to demonstrate rhyme

Layout and lineation
Visual and concrete poetry, lineation

Creating pictures
The problematics of visualisation; ekphrasis

The epic
Extracts from classical (in translation), Renaissance, and modern epic/long poetry.

The pastoral
Extracts from classical (in translation), Renaissance, and modern pastoral poetry.

The dramatic monologue
Poems in ‘character’ from Anglo-Saxon elegies to Carol Ann Duffy

Poetic Personae
The lyric self, poetic subjectivity

Case Study: Walt Whitman
Applying the above to selections from Whitman

Case Study: Emily Dickinson
Applying the above to selections from Dickinson

Case Study: Paul Muldoon
Applying the above to selections from Muldoon

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Greenblatt et al: 2007, The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 8th, W.W. Norton, New York,
  • John Lennard: 2006, The Poetry Handbook, Oxford, OUP,
  • Stephen Matterson and Daryl Jones: 2000, Studying Poetry,, Manchester: Bloomsbury Academic,
  • Christopher Ricks: 1984, The Force of Poetry,, Clarendon New York and Oxford,
  • Michael Schmidt: 1999, The Lives of the Poets, Random House New York,
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