Poetry and Politics (EAS3408)

StaffDr Simon Rennie - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesNone
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

 

You will encounter poetry from the last two centuries through a particular thematic approach. This module reads canonical poetry in new ways, but also engages with poetry which has suffered critical neglect. You will be asking what the nature of the role of poetry is in relation to the politics of the day. You will also be looking at how this role may have changed over the last two centuries. You will be examining not just the form of poetry but also its function – what role poetry plays in society. Lectures and seminars will bring together discussion of poetry both as a literary phenomenon and as an agent of social and political change.

 

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and political implications of poetry since 1790.
  • 2. Demonstrate an appreciation of poetry’s unique relationships with political discourses through history.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Demonstrate the skills to apply extra-literary contexts to literary texts.
  • 4. Demonstrate an ability to read literature as both a reflection and a shaper of social desire.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. In seminars, to develop advanced communication skills in order to convey complex ideas.
  • 6. In research, to work with core texts, critical works, and archives in order to collate and synthesise material to aid a cogent academic argument.
  • 7. Through the essay, to structure and sustain a complex argument with a high level theoretical and interpretive application.
  • 8. Through lecture slide portfolio, to demonstrate the ability to effectively utilise visual and textual media in order to produce and structure coherent presentational material.

Syllabus plan

Topics to be covered may includes: 

 

A – Introduction and Context

 

Introduction and Contemporary Contexts – Carol Ann Duffy, Seamus Heaney, Michael Symmons Roberts

 

B – Pre- and Post-War Twentieth Century Poetry

 

Beats and the Black Mountain School: New American Voices – Allan Ginsberg, Diane Di Prima, Charles Olson

The English Way: (Un)Official Laureates – W. H. Auden, John Betjeman, Philip Larkin

 

C – Early Twentieth Century Poetry

 

The Harlem Renaissance: Black Voices – Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn B. Bennett

Politics and the Modernist Poets – T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, H. D.

 

D – Victorian Poetry

 

Victorian Women: The Female Voice – Christina Rossetti, Emily Bronte, Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Chartist Poetry: The Male Voice and Vote – Ernest Jones, Thomas Cooper, William James Linton

Cotton and Corn: Industrial and Agricultural Voices – Joseph Ramsbottom, Ebenezer Elliott, John Clare

 

E - Romantic Poetry

 

Peterloo: The Spectre of Class War – Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, James Leigh Hunt

The French Revolution: Seeds of British Reform – William Wordsworth, Robert Southey, William Blake

Focus on Assessment


 

 

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
442560

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities11Lecture (11x1hr)
Scheduled learning and teaching activities22Seminar (11x2hr)
Scheduled learning and teaching activities11Study Group (11x1hr)

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Lecture Slide Portfolio4012 slides + notes1-4, 6, 8Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up
Essay603000 words1-4, 6-7Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up
1-4, 6-7
0
0
0
0

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Lecture Slide PortfolioLecture Slide Portfolio1-4, 6, 8Referral/deferral period
EssayEssay1-4, 6-7Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading: Students are advised to consult critical or authoritative editions when referencing, but most of reading will be made available on the module ELE site.

 

Selected poetry from Carol Ann Duffy, Seamus Heaney, Michael Symmons Roberts

 

Selected poetry from Allan Ginsberg, Diane Di Prima, selected prose from Charles Olson

 

Selected poetry from W. H. Auden, John Betjeman, Philip Larkin

 

Selected poetry from Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn B. Bennett

 

Selected poetry from T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, H. D.

 

Selected poetry from Christina Rossetti, Emily Bronte, Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

Selected poetry from Ernest Jones, Thomas Cooper, William James Linton

 

Selected poetry from Joseph Ramsbottom, Ebenezer Elliott, John Clare

 

Selected poetry from Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, Samuel Bamford

 

Selected poetry from William Wordsworth, Robert Southey, William Blake

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Available as distance learning?

No

Last revision date

08/02/2018

Key words search

English, Literature, 20th Century, 19th Century, Poetry, Politics