THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2009/2010
Critical Practice 3: Poetry (U02760)
The course will examine a range of techniques of versification and forms of eloquence in the poetic canon. It will provide an overview of the historical development of these forms and techniques, while focusing on ways of reading specific texts. Techniques studied include metre, rhythm and scansion, and such elements of poetic language as diction and metaphor.
? Pre-requisites : Passes in English or Scottish Literature 1 and English or Scottish Literature 2, with a mark of 50 or above at the first attempt in the second year course.
? Special Arrangements for Entry : Numbers are limited and students taking degrees not involving English or Scottish literature need the written approval of the head of English Literature before enrolling.
? Costs : Essential course texts.
Home subject area
? Normal year taken : 4th year
? Contact Teaching Time : 1 hour(s) per week for 10 weeks
First Class Information
All of the following classes
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
This is the third of the four 'Critical Practice' courses which aim to provide students with a set of practical skills and range of knowledge that will complement and supplement other course work undertaken in the honours years. The lectures will add to students' analytical skills by demonstrating the conjunctions of theory and practice in named poems. Students taking the course will become familiar with a range of poetic techniques and literary forms as they have evolved and in their historical context where appropriate. They will come to recognise different critical approaches to the poetic artefact, and ways of reading informed by gender, by genre, and by the strategies and tactics of English prosody.
One 2-hour exam, taken at the end of Semester 1. (Guidance tasks will be set during the course, but not formally assessed.)
Contact and Further Information
The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.
Ms Sheila Strathdee
Dr Dermot Cavanagh
School Website : http://www.llc.ed.ac.uk/
College Website : http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk/