|Assessment length / details
|Essay (3,000 words)
|Essay (3,000 words)
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the nature and purpose of the early Welsh heroic and saga poetry, and its relationship to other literatures, especially in Anglo-Saxon England and Ireland, and the Classical tradition.
2. Demonstrate a specialist knowledge of the political and cultural framework of Wales and North Britain in the immediate post-Roman centuries and in the early Middle Ages.
3. Demonstrate a mastery of the 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.
4. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the current debates concerning the poetry, especially those turning on problems of text transmission and dating.
5. Demonstrate a specialist knowledge of the manuscript sources for early Welsh poetry
An overview of the earliest poetry in Welsh (hengerdd). We will look at poems attributed to Aneirin and Taliesin in the sixth century, and also at some of the ‘saga’ poems concerning Llywarch Hen, Heledd and so on. We will read extracts of the texts in the original, and consider questions of date, authorship, purpose and so on, as well as themes and the influence of these poems on Welsh literature
Series of 10 lectures on the background, themes etc. of the hengerdd + 10 textual sessions to read a selection (Poems of Taliesin, Canu Aneirin, Canu Heledd etc.) in the original.
|Application of Number
|The students will be expected to use clear and correct language both written and oral.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|The students will have to improve their work in response to constructive criticism from their tutors and fellow students
|The students will be expected to use word processors and on-line resources where appropriate.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|They will learn skills which are important in academic work.
|Problems arising from the work will be solved by students in seminars and in their written work
|Research skills will be an important part of completing assignments. Students will be expected to use on-line resources where appropriate.
|Subject Specific Skills
|The ability to reason and to treat a range of sources critically
|The students will have to discuss and respect the points of view of their fellow students.
This module is at CQFW Level 7