Poetry & Politics (EAS3408)

StaffDr Simon Rennie - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value
NQF Level
Pre-requisites
Co-requisites
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

Students taking this module 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. Students will be asking what the nature of the role of poetry is in relation to the politics of the day. They will also be looking at how this role may have changed over the last two centuries. Students 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

A – Introduction and Context

Week 1) Introduction and Contemporary Contexts – Carol Ann Duffy, Seamus Heaney, Michael Symmons Roberts

 

B – Pre- and Post-War Twentieth Century Poetry

Week 2) Beats and the Black Mountain School: New American Voices – Allan Ginsberg, Diane Di Prima, Charles Olson

Week 3) The English Way: (Un)Official Laureates – W. H. Auden, John Betjeman, Philip Larkin

 

C – Early Twentieth Century Poetry

Week 4) The Harlem Renaissance: Black Voices – Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn B. Bennett

Week 5) Politics and the Modernist Poets – T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, H. D.

Week 6) The Great War: Voices of Trauma and Loss – Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke

 

D – Victorian Poetry

Week 7) Victorian Women: The Female Voice – Christina Rossetti, Emily Bronte, Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Week 8) Chartist Poetry: The Male Voice and Vote – Ernest Jones, Thomas Cooper, William James Linton

Week 9) Cotton and Corn: Industrial and Agricultural Voices – Joseph Ramsbottom, Ebenezer Elliott, John Clare

 

E - Romantic Poetry 

Week 10) Peterloo: The Spectre of Class War – Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, James Leigh Hunt

Week 11) The French Revolution: Seeds of British Reform – William Wordsworth, Robert Southey, William Blake

 

 

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 Portfolio2512 slides + notes1-4, 6, 8Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up
Essay503000 words1-4, 6-7Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up
Critical Analysis251500 words1-4, 6-7Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up
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, 8
EssayEssay1-4, 6-7
Critical AnalysisCritical Analysis1-4, 6-7

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 Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke

 

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

 

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Available as distance learning?

No

Last revision date

25/02/2016

Key words search

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