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Archived Version 2019 - 2020

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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Learning Outcomes

1. 1. demonstrate a knowledge of a range of theories related to poetry and poetics
2. 2. apply theoretical knowledge to the practice of critical reflection on their own and others’ work
3. 3. use a variety of poetic techniques in an integrated fashion
4. 4. show an apprehension of the craft involved in editing, re-writing, and constructing a body of work such as a collection or portfolio.
5. 5. Develop apt techniques for reading and performing verse

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Workshop11Workshopping poems
Lecture11Class discussion
Independent Study101Assigned independent weekly reading
Independent Study127Independent writing
Total Workload: 250

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 in the Air: Rhythm, Sound and Metre

Poetry in the Air: Rhythm, sound and Metre

Poetry on the Page: Lineation, Form, Layout and Shape

Poetry on the Page: Lineation, Form, Layout and Shape

The Poet: Lyrical Personae, Character, Storytelling

The Poet: Lyrical Personae, Character, Storytelling

Performing and publishing

Performing and publishing

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

  • John Lennard: 0, The Poetry Handbook, 2003, OUP, Oxford,
  • Ezra Pound: 1934, An ABC of Reading,
  • Mark Strand and Eavan Boland: 2000, The Making of a Poem,
  • Rainer Maria Rilke: 1929, Letters to a Young Poet,
  • James Fenton: 2003, An Introduction to English Poetry,
  • Terry Eagleton: 2006, How to Read a Poem,
  • Mary Oliver: 1994, A Poetry Handbook,
  • Elisabeth Frost and Cynthia Hogue: 2007, Innovative Women Poets,
  • Jo Bell and Jane Commane: 2017, How to be a Poet,
  • Claire Trevien: 2018, Verbs that Move Mountains,
  • Robin Behn and Chase Twitchell: 1992, The Practice of Poetry,
Other Resources

35029, Website, 0, Poetry Foundation, poetryfoundation.org, 35030, Website, 0, PennSound, writing.upenn.edu/pennsound, 35031, Website, 0, Norton anthology of Poetry Website, www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nap,
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