Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Adventures with Poetry
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Creative Writing Portfolio 1  Portfolio. 10 poems (90-140 lines) Critical commentary 1,500 words 3000 Words  100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit failed Creative Writing Portfolio 1  Portfolio 10 poems (90 -140 lines). Critical Commentary 1,500 3000 Words  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge of some significant forms and conventions of poetic writing in English.

2. Compose poetry in a range of forms, using contemporary diction and invoking a contemporary context.

3. Write within constraints (either given or devised).

4. Demonstrate knowledge of the ways i which traditional forms impact on contemporary approaches.

5. Develop a self-reflexive awareness of their own writing practice.

6. Make constructive critical responses to their own and other students’ writing, and engage in appropriate revisions of their own work.

Brief description

The module explores the more playful aspects of poetic form, including OulLiPo, montage, digital and multi-media poetry. Its focus is on looking at form and the poetic constraints used over a wide-range of contemporary poetry. In addition to the seminars/workshops there will be a found poetry tour, and students will be encouraged to engage with a range of poetic practices by attending readings.


This module is designed to build on the foundational work of the first year core Introduction to Poetry, developing a more advanced technical skills base and introducing students to the imaginative ways in which poetic form is used by contemporary poets.


Teaching will be delivered through weekly two-hour workshops in which students will discuss each other’s written work with their tutor, and have an introduction to the next topic through provided example texts and discussion.

Outline of seminar topics: Session 1: Introduction to module.

Session 2: Syllabic forms. Students will explore traditions in syllabic poetry from, discussing, in more depth, the Japanese haiku/senryu and tanka. Group Exercise: producing a tanka.

Session 3: An Introduction to concrete poems, considering form as a visual tool, and discussing the ways in which form and subject are in dialogue. Exercise: The students will choose a visual shape and attempt to write a poem that marries subject and shape.

Session 4: Workshop and reflection exercises on form and production.

Session 5: OuLiPo and Aleatoric (chance) poetry, looking at alternative methods of poetic constraint. Students will be asked to try out a selection of these constraints and discuss their experience of using such chance/constraints on their creativity.

Session 6: Workshop and reflection exercises on form and production.

Session 7: Found poems. This session will pivot around a discussion on the ways in which we are surrounded by textual material in all aspects of our lives; and the usefulness of found materials in the production of poems. Students will be introduced to techniques to produce poems out of other texts such as erasure, cut-up, fold-in and montage.

Session 8: Workshop and reflection, exercises on form and production.

Session 9: Media poetry. Students will explore twitter, text and Instagram poems in terms of writing and production constraints. They will also explore social media as a source of materials that capture a moment in time. They will discuss the pros and cons of instant publishing, single author work and collaborative work, and the relationship between the global and the poet.

Session 10. Workshop and reflection. This is an opportunity for the students to review the material covered throughout the module and to create their own formal constraints to write a poem, supported by their tutor.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Through effective and accurate use of language, grammar, and syntax to express ideas.
Improving own Learning and Performance Through independent reading, research, and creative writing.
Information Technology Word-processing skills required to prepare and submit portfolios; use of digital resources for research. Using the library catalogue for research, and some students may choose to use online tools to devise their own poetic constraints.
Personal Development and Career planning Through critical self-reflection; transferable communication and research skills.
Problem solving By responding to weekly wriitng tasks and respondinfg to feedback on creative work.
Research skills By developing an independent programme of reading to support course materials, using indicative bibliography.
Subject Specific Skills Practical proficiency in creative writing; close reading; analysis of texts and research sources; revision and editing.
Team work Collaboration in seminars and workshops.


This module is at CQFW Level 5