|Module Title||WRITING POETRY 2|
|Co-ordinator||Professor Peter T Barry|
|Course delivery||Seminars / Tutorials||Seminar. 2 hours per week|
1. Poetry in Documentary Mode
Narrative/Denotative Writing aiming for an overall sense of "reduced affect", with feelings and reactions underplayed or implicit;
and starkness of verbal texture. Such work has an underlying modernist aesthetic of shunning decorative effects and striving
for impersonality and tends to use metonymic techniques. The earlier work of Roy Fisher will be used as an example of this
2. Poetry in Confessional Mode
Writing aiming for overall sense of "heightened affect" with feelings and reactions foregrounded and made explicit. A high
degree of artifice and verbalisation is frequently a feature of this mode. The mode often requires the "double-crossing" of the
personal material with another element to give it a "second dimension". Strong examples of this mode are the work of Eavan
Boland and Tony Harrison.
3. Poetry in Minimalist/Fragmentary Mode
Minimalism has been a dominant form in the arts influenced by modernism. Writing in this mode eschews narrative linearity and
imagery which is primarily pictorial in effect. Instead, images may seem almost randomised. The form is also voiceless, with
emphasis on visual/spatial effects rather than rhythmic and auditory ones. The influences are often Eastern rather than
Western, as with J H Prynne, for example.
4. Poetry in Linguistic Mode
In this mode poetry foregrounds language itself as a shaping medium. One contemporary form of this is the use of
"interlanguages" which blend and mix dialect and standard, such as Hiberno English and standard (Ian Duhig), or Caribbean
English and standard (Grace Nichols, John Agard), and so on. Other poets write exclusively in dialect (Tom Leonard) or write
sound poems (Bob Cobbing), or use words as a plastic medium rather than an expressive one (the American "Language Poets").
5. Poetry in Metaphysical/Metaphorical Mode
Poetry always has an element of enigma: it holds its reader by perplexity. Some poets foreground this element to a marked
degree (Maibhe McGuckian, and Susand Stanier are contemporary examples); William Empson is a modernist predecessor in
this mode. The poetry of the "Martians" or "Metaphor Men" (Craig Raine, Christopher Reid and David Sweetman), is related
to this, and was prominent in the first half of the 1980s. It uses a technique of defamiliarisation based on metaphorical
transformation of objects and situations.
This module is at CQFW Level 7