Undergraduate Course: Creative Writing Part I: Poetry (ENLI10210)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course introduces students to the practice of writing poems. You will be asked to compose your own work and to share it in workshops (on a weekly rota). In workshop, you will be invited to give and receive feedback, and to discuss one another┐s works in progress in a constructive fashion. You will then be encouraged to keep developing your work in light of this feedback. In this way, you will gain experience in the skills of drafting, revising and editing your work. With a mostly practical focus on craft, workshops will be complemented by a weekly focus on key components and techniques ┐ outlined below. Students will be given a selection of poems to read each week, from which we can discuss how these formal elements and techniques work in practice, while also thinking about how we might use them to further craft and improve our own poems. Emphasis will be placed on the personal development of each individual, but the course relies upon peer-to-peer interaction and group participation. While the fundamental focus is on practice-based craft, the course┐s development of compositional skills should complement more general English Lit studies.
You will be asked to produce poems consistently throughout the duration of the course. This will be complemented by a focus on:
┐ Sound & Rhythm
┐ Diction and Idiom
┐ Repetition & Rhyme
┐ Line, Stanza & Shape
┐ Making Strange and Being Clear
┐ The Political Poem
Students will be set 12-15 poems to read each week as their primary text, available online. This will be supplemented by essays on the theory and practice of poetic craft, mostly from sources below.
For assessment students will submit a folio of their own original poetry, and also a self-reflective essay on their craft.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Other Study Hours 12,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
1 Hour autonomous learning group per week
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||portfolio of creative work (30%);
one practical assessment (10%)
1 take-away examination essay assignment of c. 3,000 words (60%)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Students will be able to identify, conceptualise and define formal elements of craft in within poems;
- remain open to criticism and respond effectively and creatively to feedback on their own creative work;
- work from initial conception through multiple drafts to the final version of a poem;
- analyse poems with a focus on craft effectiveness and articulate strengths and weaknesses in a piece of writing in a constructive manner
- transfer editorial skills and creative abilities from one context to another
Students will be encouraged to read modern and contemporary poetry regularly, and as widely as possible. The following anthologies are recommended:
┐ Allen, Donald (ed.). The New American Poetry. Rev ed. University of California, 1999.
┐ Alvarez, Al (ed.). The Faber Book of Modern European Poetry. Faber, 1992.
┐ Astley, Neil (ed.). Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times. Bloodaxe, 2002.
┐ _____ (ed.). Being Alive. Bloodaxe, 2004.
┐ _____ (ed.). Being Human. Bloodaxe, 2011.
┐ Hamilton, Neil (ed.). Dear World and Everyone in It: New Poetry in the UK. Bloodaxe, 2013.
┐ Kay, Jackie, et al (eds.). Out of Bounds: British Black & Asian Poets. Bloodaxe, 2012.
┐ Longley, Edna (ed.), The Bloodaxe Book of 20th Century Poetry. Bloodaxe, 2000.
┐ Lumsen, Roddy (ed.), Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets Bloodaxe, 2010.
┐ Ramazani, Jahan, Richard Ellmann, and Robert O┐Clair (eds.), The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry. (3rd ed). New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2003.
┐ Rees-Jones, Deryn (ed.), Modern Women Poets. Bloodaxe, 2005.
Writings on Poetry
┐ Cook, Jon (ed.). Poetry in Theory: An Anthology 1900-2000. Blackwell, 2004.
┐ Hass, Robert. A Little Book on Form: An Exploration into the Formal Imagination of Poetry. Ecco, 2017.
┐ Herbert, W. N., and Matthew Hollis (eds.). Strong Words: Modern Poets on Modern Poetry (Bloodaxe, 2000).
┐ Kinzie, Mary. A Poet┐s Guide to Poetry. University of Chicago Press, 1999.
┐ Koch, Kenneth. Making Your Own Days: The Pleasures of Reading and Writing Poetry. Touchstone, 1999.
┐ Lennard, John. The Poetry Handbook. 2nd ed. Oxford UP, 2005.
┐ Maxwell, Glyn. On Poetry. Oberon Books, 2012.
┐ Nims, John Frederick and David Mason. Western Wind: An Introduction to Poetry. 4th ed. McGraw Hill, 2000.
┐ Paterson, Don. The Poem: Lyric, Sign, Metre. (Faber, 2019).
┐ Preminger, Alex and T.V.F. Brogan, (eds.). The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. 3rd ed. Princeton UP, 1993.
┐ Redmond, John. How to Write a Poem. Blackwell, 2006.
┐ Strand, Mark, and Eavan Boland (eds.). The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms. Norton, 2000.
┐ Vendler, Helen. Poems, Poets, Poetry: An Introduction and Anthology. Bedford Books, 1997.
┐ Wainright, Jeffrey. Poetry: The Basics. Routledge, 2004.
┐ Wallace, Robert and Michelle Boisseau. Writing Poems, 5th ed. Longman, 2000.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Numbers are limited, with priority given to students taking degrees involving English or Scottish Literature and Visiting Students placed by the Admissions Office. Students not in these categories need the written approval of the Head of English Literature before enrolling. In the case of excess applications places will be decided by ballot.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Seminar: 2 hours a week for 10 weeks
Plus 1 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s): attendance for one hour a week at Autonomous Learning Group - at times to be arranged.
|Keywords||ENLI10210 Creative Writing (4th Yr)
|Course organiser||Dr Alan Gillis
Tel: (0131 6)50 3050
|Course secretary||Miss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030