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ENGL3001 Poetry and Poetics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the English and Literary Studies major sequence
  • Level 3 elective
This unit provides a study of poetry in English from the United Kingdom to the USA and Australia, and draws on the entire period from Medieval times to the present. Poetry is a rather marginalised art in contemporary Western societies, including Australia, but those involved in it tend to believe in its value passionately. This derives from the belief that poetry is the deepest form of human expression, certainly the most profound form that language ever attains. The unit examines poetry and poetic language, covering both technical and philosophical elements of poetry and relating them to shifts in cultural values during the period studied.

As a Level 3 unit, this unit aims to further develop students' skills in research, critical analysis and oral and written communication through more focused engagements with specific texts and theories, and via a greater emphasis on independent learning through strategies such as targeted research tasks, small group projects and the opportunity to develop individual essay topics. This prepares students for future studies at honours and postgraduate levels, or as innovative and productive researchers and communicators throughout their chosen careers.
Students are able to (1) acquire knowledge of poetry's purposes, both past and present; (2) acquire knowledge of literary history and poetic tradition; (3) gain knowledge of poetry's forms and the reasons that different forms have been used for different subjects and at different times; (4) develop an understanding of the ways poetry reflects the values and concerns of the wider society in different times; (5) enhance their understanding of the ways English language conveys meaning through features such as rhythm, and of the capacities and limitations of the language; (6) express original arguments, together with research methodologies, approaches and findings, coherently and logically in oral and written formats; (7) undertake and present research in groups efficiently and creatively, and to offer and respond to feedback appropriately; (8) demonstrate an awareness of the importance of informing and challenging one's independent analyses and ideas with discriminating reading in imaginative, critical and theoretical texts; (9) apply, knowingly and appropriately, highly developed skills of textual analysis, critical reasoning, interpretation and research; (10) interpret texts from a range of cultural genres independently, confidently and appropriately through developed modes of close reading and writing that encourage personal and critically informed engagement and expression; and (11) apply developed skills in independent enquiry-based research, sophisticated skills in oral and written communication, and develop an informed understanding of, and ethical sensitivity towards, our diverse and globalised world in the context of advanced further studies and/or future career paths.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a critical response; (2) a research essay; and (3) tutorial participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Kieran Dolin
Unit rules
any Level 2 ENGL unit or EURO2209 Utopias, Imagination and Modernity in European Culture
ENGL2240 Cold Fire Poetry and Poetic Language
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.