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Postgraduate Course: Elements of Poetry One: The Mind's Eye (Distance Learning) (ENLI11167)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe course consists of monthly, synchronous, online seminars (webinars), online workshops (writing forums) and individual consultations. Webinars will focus on theoretical and reflective exploration of key topics and tailored writing assignments will be set. Asynchronous, tutor- hosted writing forums will take place three times per year. Each will last for twelve days. Students will present and critique work in progress by their peers. Students will also consult five times per annum with a writing tutor and at the end of the year submit a folio of circa 15 pages of poetry for assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential Course Texts
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Full Year, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Online Activities 105, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 25, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 262 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the course successfully will attain a broadened awareness of stylistic possibilities in poetry. By practice they will develop compositional skills in a way that complements more general English studies.
Assessment Information
Submission of 15 pages of poetry (100%)
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Webinars: One per month

1. Poetry v Verse: definitions and distinctions
2. 'A wet black bough': the legacy of Imagism
3. 'Only the Marvellous is Beautiful': the persistence of Surrealism
4. Exoskeletons and White Space: Considering the Concrete
5. The Word on the Street: Poetry in the Vernacular
6. Abstractions, Ambiguities and Enigmas
7. Language: Use or Abuse: the poetic versus poetry
8. Private Voice, Public Voice
9. Correspondences: Association, metaphor and symbol
10. Nothing Not Giving Messages: How poetry means
Transferable skills Students will gain a facility for economy of expression, awareness of the fine nuances of language, acute attention to detail and the ability to take work from an early draft to final polish, skills applicable to all written work.
Reading list Addonizio & Laux, The Poet's Companion
Apollinaire, Guillaume, Calligrammes
Auden, W.H., The Dyer's Hand and other essays
Alvarez, Al, The Writer's Voice
Basho,Matsuo, Of Love and Barley
Boiseau, Bar-Nadar and Wallace, Writing Poetry
Borges, Jorge Luis, This Craft of Verse
Cockburn & Finlay (eds) The Order of Things: anthology of shaped and patterned poems
Finlay, Alec (ed), Verse Chain: sharing haiku and renga
Eliot, T.S., The Sacred Wood: Essays on Poetry and Criticism
Fenollosa, Ernest, The Chinese Characters as Medium for Poetry
Germain, E.B.,(ed) English & American Surrealist Poetry
Koch, Kenneth, Making your Own Days
Leonard, Tom, Intimate Voices
Jones, Peter, Imagist Poetry
Pound, Ezra, An ABC of Reading
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywordscreative writing, online learning, poetry
Course organiserDr Miriam Gamble
Course secretaryMiss Sophie Bryan
Tel: 01316503030
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