EN1PE-Poetry in English

Module Provider: English Literature
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Steven Matthews

Email: s.matthews@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module provides students with training in skills of close reading that are foundational to the study of English, as well as an overview of the history of poetry in English. Students will be introduced to major movements and ideas in key periods from the early Renaissance up to the present; and to a range of genres including love poetry, political poetry, pastoral, elegy, satire, the sonnet, the ode, and the dramatic monologue. Poems studied will also be drawn from the wider English-speaking world, including Ireland, the Caribbean and North America, and will include a diversity of voices in terms of gender and sexuality.

This module aims to develop students’ abilities and confidence as attentive critical readers, by promoting an analytical awareness of the ways in which poems may be read closely to reveal wider issues relating to form and context. It aims to make students sensitive to form and voice, modes of address, types of language use, aesthetic and verbal effects, and any political, social and intellectual issues that are at play in the work.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students will be expected to:
• exercise the critical skills of close textual analysis
• identify and discriminate between a variety of different kinds of poetry
• demonstrate an understanding of the ideas at play in individual poems
• place poems within the literary tradition on the basis of form, ideas and language use
• understand what is meant by rhythm, rhyme, meter, poetic form and linguistic syntax
• show independence in critical thinking and judgement
• articulate a coherent written argument, both in coursework essays and under timed
examination conditions

Additional outcomes:
Oral and written communication skills will be developed, together with critical, interpretative and analytical abilities. Students will also enhance their IT competence through the use of relevant web resources in a critically informed manner.

Outline content:
Poets studied may include Thomas Wyatt, Ben Jonson, Andrew Marvell, Aphra Behn, Jonathan Swift, Samuel Johnson, Charlotte Smith, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, Emily Brontë, Thomas Hardy, William Butler Yeats, W. H. Auden, Philip Larkin, Derek Walcott and Thom Gunn. Starting from close attention to the individual effects of a poems or small group of poems, lectures will open up the work of the author under consideration, and place the poem and author within the tradition more widely. Seminars will allow students to further develop both aspects: close reading and contextualization.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
A combination of lectures and structured seminar discussion, for which students are required to do preparatory reading.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 9 9 2
Seminars 9 9 2
Practicals classes and workshops 1 2
Guided independent study 51 52 54
Total hours by term 70.00 70.00 60.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:
2 hours.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Summative Assessment Methods (%) - work which always contributes towards the overall module mark:

Formative assessment methods:
Formative Assessment Methods - work which provides opportunities to improve performance (e.g. through feedback provided) but which does not necessarily always contribute towards the overall module mark: A short exercise in the Autumn term (1000 words) and an essay of up to 1500 words in the Spring term. Feedback may also be provided on the assessed coursework essay of 1500 words. Feedback on written exams will be available on request from the Director of Teaching and Learning.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:
• where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
• where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

(Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of at least 40% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-examination in August. Coursework will be carried forward if it bears a confirmed mark of 40% or more. Otherwise it must be resubmitted by 22nd August.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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