ENG2100 - Exploring the Genre of Poetry

Year of Study:1 or 2
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: ENG 1100 Introduction to Literature
or with special permission from Instructor and approval by Department Head
Module Description
The module aims to explore poetic traditions of English writing across the history of English literature. By generating an informed study of a wide range of poetic examples, students will develop their skills in close reading, buttressed by an increased understanding of the literary, methodological and historical contexts for poetry writing. This module aims to help students build a solid foundation of literary studies and enhance their understanding of the form and style as well as to give them an informed knowledge of the development of the specific genre of literature. Upon the completion of this module, students will be able to see the relationship between the forms and social/political/ideological contexts. The ultimate goal of this module is to prepare students for their integration of knowledge and skills from the wide range of variety they are going to be exposed to in the four components in the English Study Area.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a basic ability to identify and distinguish formal aspects of poetic writing and to apply the knowledge to interpretation of it;

  2. acquire a basic awareness of the range of poetic texts and the nature of poetic traditions and to relate them to their historical context;

  3. demonstrate a capacity to identify, address and inter-relate the appropriate interpretive and theoretical issues arising from the analysis of poetic form and to apply these theoretical ideas to the literary texts;

  4. apply the above knowledge and skills in constructing and communicating a sustained and informed appreciation of the literary value of the texts considered both verbally and in the writing of coherent, informed critical essays;

  5. transfer above skills into intellectual and professional skills to construct and communicate a sustained analysis of texts and to conduct research and evaluate the material in a wider cultural and intellectual context.