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Poetic Power: Theory & Practice In Contemporary Poetry - CED00004M

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  • Department: Centre for Lifelong Learning
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2021-22

Module aims

The module aims to:

  • Present, for critical scrutiny, a range of poetry written within the last twenty years
  • Contrast contemporary poetry with examples of traditional poetry
  • Study poetic forms and free verse styles for analysis and discussion
  • Develop communication, comprehension and co-operation alongside analytical, critical thinking
  • Examine the engagement of poetry with regard to political, social and aesthetic issues
  • Focus on the relevance of poetry today through the close reading of contemporary poets
  • Consider a range of critical and theoretical perspectives in relation to poetry
  • Reinforce the notion of poetry as the spoken word as well as the written word
  • Enhance an understanding of the key elements of poetry writing
  • Create opportunities for students to develop their poetry writing
  • Inspire the creative process that allows engagement with poetry writing
  • Set up and manage critiquing situations within which students present their work for group comment
  • Install a rigorous reflective practice, through the keeping of a Learning Log
  • Enhance understanding of local, national and international opportunities to engage in performance poetry and poetry readings

Module learning outcomes

By the conclusion of the module the student should be able to:

Subject content

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of poetry to the present day
  • Articulate critical responses to poetry in suitable, scholarly language
  • Write using a range of forms and styles as exemplified by key texts studied
  • Attempt to write unfamiliar forms with confidence and enthusiasm
  • Be familiar with techniques and styles that constitute qualitative poetry, for example;

rhythm, rhyme, metre, imagery, beat, musicality, shape, organisation on the page, allusion, metaphor, simile etc

  • Show supportive, critical evaluations of writing in the critiquing workshops
  • Demonstrate an ability to hone work through editing and redrafting
  • Use reflective writing to gain insight into the processes of poetry reading and writing

Academic and graduate skills

  • Critically analyse complex texts and convey findings in academically appropriate language
  • Evidence rigorous reflective practice through the keeping of a Learning Log

Other learning outcomes

  • Act as a supportive, sensitive and active group member who is valued and values others
  • Demonstrate greater confidence and expertise in the presentation of work to the group
  • Exercise initiative, personal autonomy, the ability to work to a deadline, a word limit and within a specific form.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

The tutor will give regular individual feedback throughout the module on work submitted.

The assessment feedback is as per the university’s guidelines with regard to timings.

Indicative reading

Required Reading:

  • Bishop, W. Thirteen Ways of Looking For a Poem: A Guide to Writing Poetry (1999) Longman
  • Gluck, L. Proofs And Theories (1995) London: HarperCollins
  • Sansom, P. Writing Poems. (1994) Northumberland: Bloodaxe Books
  • Strand, M. & Boland, E. The Making of a Poem. (2001) New York: Norton

Poetry Collections for example:

Carol Ann Duffy,Simon Armitage, Collette Bryce, Emily Berry, Seamus Heaney, Kate Tempest etc


The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.