Undergraduate Course: Understanding Poetry (LLLG07073)
|School||Centre for Open Learning
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||THIS IS A FOR-CREDIT COURSE OFFERED BY THE OFFICE FOR LIFELONG LEARNING (OLL); ONLY STUDENTS REGISTERED WITH OLL SHOULD BE ENROLLED.
This course is an introduction to the theory of poetry. It provides an overview of the key categories of poetry, aiming to give students a theoretical and critical toolkit necessary in the analysis of poems. The course would work by examples and seek to provide a combination of theoretical principles and close reading.
Week 1: Introduction. What is poetry?
Poets on poetry; poems about poetry; some characteristics of the genre.
Week 2: Prosody: Metre, Rhythm, Rhyme, Line.
Week 3: The Language of Poetry. Metaphor, figurative language, troping.
Week 4: Poetic Genres. Epic/ Lyric/ Dramatic. Homeric Epic and contemporary responses.
Week 5: Lyric and Subjectivity.
Week 6: Some formal structures: Sonnet, Ballad, Villanelle.
Week 7: Poetry and its others: Poetry and Song.
Week 8: Poetry and its others: Poetry and Prayer.
Week 9: Poetry and its others: Poetry and the News.
Week 10: Thinking in Poetry.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Lifelong Learning - Session 1
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 2000 word essay submitted after the course finishes, worth 100% of the total course mark.
|No Exam Information
| By the end of this course students should be able to:
* explain the theoretical vocabulary necessary to the understanding of poetry.
* demonstrate close reading skills
* discuss the relationship between poetics and a poet's textual practice
* demonstrate an insight into personal taste and criteria of evaluating poetic texts.
Class handouts with texts for close reading will be made available on a week to week basis.
Reeves, James. 1965. Understanding Poetry, London: Heinemann.
Turco, Lewis. 2000. The Book of Forms. A Handbook of Poetics, Hanover and London: University Press of New England.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||* Critical reading and analysis
* Participation in discussion
* Collaborative working
* Composition of discursive essays
|Course organiser||Mr Douglas Dougan
|Course secretary||Ms Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855