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Landmarks in British Poetry - EDU00017H

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  • Department: Education
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Amanda Naylor
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2017-18 to Summer Term 2017-18

Module aims

  • to raise students awareness of the major historical developments in English poetry over time
  • to develop students critical understanding of contemporary issues associated with analysing and teaching poetry
  • to provide students with a critical engagement with literary and linguistic stylistic analysis of poetry
  • to facilitate students research into specialist areas of English poetry

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • be aware of key periods in the development of English poetry
  • have developed a close knowledge of some of the major works by poets that figure significantly in English school curricula
  • have acquired an understanding of the complex critical issues emerging from the study of poetry
  • be able to engage with the main critical viewpoints as applied to poetry and apply these to unseen poetry

Academic and graduate skills

  • have explored a variety of approaches to the criticism of poetry
  • be able to analyse in significant depth the linguistic techniques utilised by various major poets over time
  • be able to identify the complexity of interpreting poetry and have the skills to recognise and communicate this complexity with regard to new poems and poets
  • have developed the facility to respond creatively to texts
  • to be able to identify critical issues in the pedagogy of poetry and apply these to their own planning for teaching

Other learning outcomes (if applicable)

  • To have acquired a strong subject base in preparation for application to train as a secondary English teacher


Task Length % of module mark
5000 word single Author study
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
5000 word single Author study
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback report with follow-up tutor discussion, if necessary. The feedback is returned to students in Week 9 of the summer term.

Indicative reading

Culler, J. (1997) Literary Theory; A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Dias, P. and Hayhoe, M. (1988) Developing Response to Poetry, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Drabble, M. (ed.) (1932; 6th edn 2000) The Oxford Companion to English Literature, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Eagleton, T. (1983: 2nd edn 1996) Literary Theory: An Introduction, Oxford: Blackwell.
Eliot T.S. (1933) The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism; studies in the relation of criticism to poetry in England. Cambridge Mass: Harvard University Press.
Iser, W.(1988) The Reading process; a phenomenological approach in Lodge, D & Wood, N. (eds) Modern Criticism and Theory, Edinburgh: Pearson, pp189-205.
Pope, R. (1999; 2nd edn 2002) The English Studies Book: an introduction to language, literature and culture. London: Routledge.
Rosenblatt, L. (1970) Literature as Exploration, London: Heinemann.
Rosenblatt,L. (1978) The Reader, the Text and the Poem, Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press.
Wainwright, J. (2004) Poetry; The Basics, Oxford: Routledge.

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