Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Modern Spanish Poetry
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
(Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 2 Spanish.

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 4 per semester
Lecture 1 per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 2 essays of 2000 words each and one presentation.  100%
Supplementary Exam 1 x 2 hour examination if continuous assessment submitted. 1 x 3 examination if no continuous assessment submitted.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should have:

1) a sound knowledge of three poets of the 1927 Generation in Spain
2) a good knowledge of how to apply close reading skills

Brief description

This module looks in depth at three major Spanish poets of the twentieth century. Emphasis is placed on developing close-reading skills and an awareness of key aspects of modern European thought. All three poets, though intensely Spanish, offer vital perspectives on modern ideas: Pedro Salinas, Spain's greatest love poet since Becquer, with his deceptively simple technique, but whose work probes challenging metaphysical issues; Lorca, at his most avant-garde in New York, where he experiments with Freudian free association in an attempt to understand his enigmatic self; Jorge Guillen, a vitalist who celebrates the joy of existence in a Whitmanesque and phenomenonological way that owes much to Ortega. All three poets share the conviction that poetry is the medium in which to probe important issues, notably that of self and reality.

There is no examination; assessment is by two term essays and one presentation.


Weeks 1-4 Jorge Guillen, Cantico (Seix Barral, Barcelona)
5-8 Pedro Salinas, La voz a to debida (Castalia)
9-12 Garcia Lorca, Poeta en Nueva York (any edition)


This module is at CQFW Level 6