Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Poetry, but not as we know it...
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment First Essay Assignment  1 x 1500 word essay  25%
Semester Assessment Second Essay Assignment  1 x 3000 word essay  75%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit missing or failed essay 1  Resubmit 1 x 1500 word essay  25%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit missing or failed essay 2  Resubmit 1 x 3000 word essay  75%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of contemporary British poetry from outside the 'mainstream'1.

2. Engage in critical appreciation of the handling of language and form in particular poems.

3. Relate the poetry to appropriate cultural contexts.


The two major aims of the seminars will be to foreground the tutor's on-going research in the field, in accordance with the 'research-led' ideal of teaching, and to involve third-year students directly and actively in that research by means of their participation in a series of presentations and mini-investigations.

Brief description

The module by-passes the best-known landmarks - Larkin, Heaney, Hughes - and asks you to boldy go into hitherto unmapped territory. It takes for granted the fact that you probably find poetry reading quite difficult but also assumes that you are just as keen to encounter new and challenging work in poetry, as in, say, film or pictorial art. The module offers 'poetry with an edge', and poetry with a strong contemporary flavour (it's a daffodil-free zone). It offers reading strategies for poetry, especially for poetry of an innovative kind. It seeks to remove it from the 'page vacuum' and looks at it in its various contexts, such as: the contemporary art scene, the processes of small-press publishing, the dynamics of reading and performance, the influences of 'alternative' cultures and lifestyles, and various networks of regional and political allegiances.


Seminar 1: 'The End is Nigh'
Reading short poems - a method discussed and exemplified.

Seminar 2: 'Border Countries'
  • Carol Ann Duffy in Penguin Modern Poets: Carol Ann Duffy, Vicki Feaver, Eavan Boland. Crossing the border and breaking the 'women-poet' mould.
Seminar 3: 'Outside History'?
  • Eavan Boland in Penguin Modern Poets: Carol Ann Duffy, Vicki Feaver, Eavan Boland. How does a woman poet inscribe herself in a masculine and national tradition of poetry?
Seminar 4: 'Planet Alice'
  • Poets from Making For Planet Alice: New Women Poets, ed. Maura Dooley, a lively and outspoken anthology of women poets who made their reputations in the 1990s.
Seminar 5: 'Have You Been Here Long?'
  • Black British Poetry: selections from James Berry (`Lucy' poems), Fred D'Aguiar ('Mama Dot' and 'Airy Hall') and David Dabydeen (Some audio-taped material will be used).
Seminar 6: 'Talking Pictures' (or 'Let's Get Ekphrastic')
  • Ekphastic poems are poems about pictures: this presentation considers some of the varieties of this increasingly popular genre.
Seminar 7: `Oh No, Not the New Rock and Roll Again'
  • The 'New Gen' poetry promotion of 1994, as seen by Melvyn Bragg and the Southbank Show.
Seminar 8: 'Birmingham's What I Think With'
  • Roy Fisher, The Dow Low Drop: New and Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 1996). The laid-back urban annotations of the 'Poet Laureate of Brum' (with audio-tape material).
Seminar 9: Liverpool Accents - `The Hard Lyric'
  • Poets from Liverpool Accents: Seven Poets and a City, ed. Peter Robinson, Liverpool University Press, 1996.
Seminar 10: 'Return to Planet Alice'
  • A further selection of poets from the Planet Alice anthology

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Written communication in the form of essays, oral communication in seminar discussion and group presentations.
Improving own Learning and Performance Developing own research skills, management of time, expression and use of language.
Information Technology Use of electronic resources (JSTOR, websites); use of databases of digitized newspapers and periodicals; the production of written work
Personal Development and Career planning By critical reflection and the development of transferable communication skills.
Problem solving Formulating and developing extended arguments
Research skills By relating literary texts to historical contexts and theoretical commentaries, and by synthesizing various perspectives in an evaluative argument.
Subject Specific Skills Detailed critical and contextual analysis of literary texts and evaluation of the theoretical concepts.
Team work Through group presentations in seminars - this will involve preparation outside of class and team work within the seminar.


This module is at CQFW Level 6