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

This module analyses poetry’s ability to explore themes and demonstrate ideas, focusing on its responsiveness to history and politics.

Learning Outcomes

1. Show how poetry acts as a criticism of culture.
2. Compare and contrast poetry across a range of contexts and cultural situations.
3. Perform a close analysis of a poem that demonstrates how form and style relate to theme and subject matter.
4. Talk about poetry as a political medium.
5. Understand the continuities of theme that permeate the poetic tradition

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture2Two per week
Tutorial1No Description
Independent Study6Reading and reflection
Total Workload: 9

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

Poetry and Politics; Poetry and Philosophy

Poetry and History; War Poetry

Poetry’s Discourses on Love, Hate and Longing

Poetry and Faith; Poetry and Disillusionment

Poetry of Life and Death; Poetry and Autobiography

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

  • Cook, John: 2004, Poetry in Theory, Blackwell, Oxford,
  • Ferguson, Mary et al.: 2004, The Norton Anthology of Poetry, Norton, New York,
  • Greene, Roland et al.: 2011, The Princeton Encylopaedia of Poetry and Poetics, Princeton University Press, Princeton,
  • Longley, Edna: 1999, Poetry and Posterity, Bloodaxe, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne,
  • Longley, Edna: 1986, Poetry in the Wars, Bloodaxe, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne,
  • Paulin, Tom: 0, Minotaur, Faber, London,
  • Matigny, Erik: 2011, Poetic Genres, Blackwell, Oxford,
  • Matterson, Stephen and Jones, Darryl: 2011, Studying Poetry, Bloomsbury, London,
Other Resources

26724, Website, Academy of American Poets, 0, Poetry, http://www.poets.org/, 26725, Website, Norton Anthology of Poetry, 0, Poetry, http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nap/Poetry_Workshop.htm, 26726, Website, Poetry Ireland, 0, Poetry, http://www.poetryireland.ie/,
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