This page is for the academic year 2019-20. The current handbook year is 2020-21No such Code for pgprog:
Department: English Studies
Creative Writing Poetry
||Available in 2019/20
- Students must hold a good BA degree in English or a related subject to be eligible for entry onto the MA programmes in the Department of English Studies
Excluded Combination of Modules
- to enable students to produce (ie. draft and edit) original poems with a full, advanced awareness of the technical and aesthetic choices made in the process of writing
- to analyse at an advanced level the creative writing of students alongside extracts from literary texts, revealing close reading as a method for learning how to write, and also creative writing as a method for understanding the stylistic qualities and historical content of canonical works
- to introduce students to a broad range of poems, traditions, and techniques
- This module will focus on the writing of poetry, and will include close-reading and advanced criticism of the students’ work. Students will be asked to comment (in writing and/or in person) on each other’s work.
- Seminars will foreground the close-reading of the students’ own poetry, as well as published poetry (mainly from the 20th and 21st centuries), and work that theorizes or criticizes poetry. This material will be provided by the module convenor.
- A close examination of the poetry will help students to understand the relation between reading and writing, theory and practice.
- While the content of each seminar will largely be shaped by the work produced by students, particular attention will be paid to: the uses of the line-break; diction; syntax; metre and rhythm; issues of poetic form (both ‘traditional’ and ‘free’); style; voice; and influence.
- Students will gain advanced knowledge of the aesthetic decisions made by writers and their relationship to matters of poetic form, and intellectual and historical context
- Students will gain advanced, practical knowledge of how readers respond to their work
- Critical skills: the close reading and analysis of texts
- Creative writing skills: the application of the student’s critical skills to their own practice
- An ability to demonstrate knowledge of a range of critical approaches
- The ability to articulate written and spoken criticism of fellow students’ work that evaluates their success as works of art (ie. that focuses on their formal and aesthetic dimension as opposed to their thematic or contextual dimension) and expresses this evaluation in the appropriate technical, analytical terms
- An ability to articulate knowledge and understanding of concepts and theories relating to literary studies
- Advanced awareness of literature as a medium through which values are affirmed and debated
- Practice of writing poetry
- A capacity to analyse critically
- Skills of effective communication and argument
- The ability to articulate constructive criticism in a workshop setting
- A capacity for independent thought and judgement, and an ability to assess the critical ideas of others
- sophisticated skills in critical reasoning and problem solving
- An ability to handle information and argument in a critical manner
- information-technology skills such as word-processing
- professional conduct skills, e.g. observing professional academic standards, including correct referencing of sources
- Organisation and time-management skills
Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to
the learning outcomes of the module
- Workshop seminars: enable students to to develop and demonstrate advanced conceptual abilities and analytical skills in the close reading and analysis of texts; encourage peer-group discussion and skills of effective communication and presentation; promote awareness of diversity of interpretation and methodology.
- One-to-one meetings with students: each student will receive at least two 15-minute one-to-one sessions in which they will receive feedback on their work-in-progress; in addition, their formative assessment will take the form of a further 30-minute one-to-one meeting in which up to five of their poems will be discussed as a whole. These sessions will encourage students to reflect critically and independently on their work
- Coursework: the portfolio will be assessed according to the following criteria: control of form, tone, and style; originality of theme, voice and formal strategy; sophistication of conception and execution; expressiveness and imagination; ability to put the theoretical knowledge gained from the course into practice; ability to establish and achieve artistic goals. The self-critique offers students an opportunity to express their poetics in the context of the work and poetics as discussed in the course, and to reflect on the development of their own creative practice
- Feedback: the written feedback that is provided after the assessed portfolio and self-critique will allow the students to reflect on their creative work and gain a more objective sense of its value, potential, theoretical assumptions, and how successful it was in fulfilling its goals.
- Typically, directed learning may include assigning student(s) an issue, theme or topic that can be independently or collectively explored within a framework and/or with additional materials provided by the tutor. This may function as preparatory work for a one-to-one tutorial.
Teaching Methods and Learning Hours
|Independent student research supervised by the Module Convenor
|Formative assessment consultation
|Preparation and Reading
|Component: Coursework Portfolio
||Component Weighting: 100%
||Length / duration
||Ten pages of poetry; plus 2,00-word self-critique
A formative Portfolio of 5 poems will receive written feedback from the tutor. This material can then be revised by the student, and submitted as part of their summative essay.
■ Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University