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Postgraduate Course: Elements of Poetry One (Online Learning) (ENLI11220)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course consists of online seminars (webinars, which take place once every 3 weeks), asynchronous online workshops (writing forums) and feedback sessions. Webinars will focus on theoretical and reflective exploration of key topics and voluntary, tailored writing assignments will be set. Writing forums, each of 12 days' duration, will take place 7 times over the course of the programme. For the first 2 years, these will be hosted by a member of the creating writing staff; in the final year, these will be autonomous forums. Students will present and critique work in progress with a group of their peers. Students will receive feedback from a supervisor on work in progress, 7 times in total over the course of their programme. This feedback, or formative assessment, will provide both textually specific and general critique. At the end of the year, students will submit 15 pages of poetry for assessment.
Course description 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
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Apply a range of techniques for the development and structuring of a creative work
  2. Offer criticism to peers in a considered and constructive manner
  3. Process and apply constructive criticism from tutors and peers
  4. Apply acquired critical skills to their own creative output
  5. Broaden their understanding of the demands of writing poetry through reading, discussion and topic-based writing assignments
Reading List
Addonizio, Kim and Dorianne Laux, The Poet┐s Companion
Ahmad, Dohra, Rotten English
Basho, Matsuo, Of Love and Barley Bloom, Harold, The Anxiety of Influence
Eliot, T.S.,The Sacred Wood: Essays on Poetry and Criticism
Gioia, Dana, David Mason and Meg Shoerke (eds), 20th Century American Poetics: Poets on the Art of Poetry
Herbert, W.N., Writing Poetry
---. and Matthew Hollis (eds), Strong Words: Modern Poets on Poetry
Leonard, Tom, Intimate Voices: Selected Works 1965-1983
Levertov, Denise, The Poet in the World
Lopez, Tony, Meaning Performance: Essays on Poetry
Milosz, Czeslaw, The Captive Mind
Parini, Jay, Why Poetry Matters
Paulin, Tom, The Secret Life of Poems
Wolosky, Shira, The Art of Poetry: How to Read a Poem
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students who complete the course successfully will attain a broadened awareness of stylistic, formal and tonal possibilities in poetry. By practice they will have developed compositional skills in a way that complements more general English studies. They will have learned and established good, independent writing habits which can be maintained beyond the completion of the programme. They will have mastered the crucial distinction between critiquing work and critiquing its author, and be able to articulate and communicate acquired knowledge and skills to others.
Course organiserDr Miriam Gamble
Course secretaryMiss Kara Mccormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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