Module Information

Module Identifier
WEM1420
Module Title
The Earliest Welsh Poetry
Academic Year
2016/2017
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
External Examiners
  • Professor Dafydd Johnston (Yr Athro - Canolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd, Prifysgol Cymru)
 

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assessed Essay  70%
Semester Assessment short text analysis excersises  30%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

The nature and purpose of the early Welsh heroic poetry, and its relationship to other heroic literatures, especially in Anglo-Saxon england and Ireland, and the Classical tradition.

The political and cultural framework of early Wales and North Britain in the immediate post-Roman centuries.

A close study of key texts (some in translation, but a representative sample in the original) and study of their main literary, stylistic and metrical features.

An introduction to the current debatess concerning the poetry, especially those turning on problems of text transmission and dating. An overview of the manuscript sources for early welsh poetry

Brief description

An introduction to early Welsh poetry ( the Gododdin, the praise poems from Rheged, Powys and Gwynedd to c. 650) in its political and cultural context.

Content

1. The nature and purpose of the early Welsh heroic poetry, and its relationship to other heroic literatures, especially in Anglo-Saxon England and Ireland, and the Classical tradition.'r. The political and cultural framework of early Wales and North Britain in the immediate post-Roman centuries.'r. A close study of key texts (some in translation, but a representative sample in the original) and study of their main literary, stylistic and metrical features.'r. An introduction to the current debates concerning the poetry, especially those turning on problems of text transmission and dating. An overview of the manuscript sources for early Welsh poetry.?

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication presentations to seminar group, group discussions, writing assessments; assessed in 1 and 2
Improving own Learning and Performance through engagement with lecturer and with others in seminars; through feedback and discussion with lecturer
Information Technology use of catalogues and assessment of web material: assessed in 1
Personal Development and Career planning personal advice on career goals offered on a one-to-one basis: not assessed
Problem solving reading texts and interpreting them; tackling problems of dating texts — assessed in 1 and 2
Research skills assessing scholarship in the field; using libraries for printed and manuscript materials; assessed in 1 and 2
Subject Specific Skills Old and Middle Welsh language
Team work some work set to be tackled jointly: no formal assessment

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7