Studying Poetry and Poetics

    Unit code: ACL2002 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    Online Real Time


    This unit of study is an introduction to the reading, analysis and performance of poetry. It aims at both immersion in the creativity and playfulness of poetic language and to teach coherent ways of thinking appreciatively and critically about this. Students will be introduced to basic skills in critical method and to vocabulary relevant to the study of poetry in its various forms. There will be an emphasis both on the formal elements and the varieties of poetry and the social and cultural contextual influences upon these: theoretical questions arising from this will be considered. There will also be some emphasis on the ways in which a sympathetic understanding of a poem can inform a successful oral presentation of it. Students will be encouraged to consider the complex transactional processes involved in responding to and performing texts and discussing them with others. The poems covered will range from the traditional to the contemporary, with significant reference to the recent resurgence of youth-oriented and 'new wave' poetry writing, reading and performing in Australia: this includes attention to 'spoken word' poetry and the poetry of popular song lyrics.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Utilise basic skills in critical method and vocabulary relevant to the study of poetry in its various forms;
    2. Articulate theoretical questions arising from the analysis of poetry;
    3. Recognise and respond to different genres of poetry by performing and discussing them with others; and
    4. Negotiate literary representations of diverse cultures by studying particular literary texts.

    Study as a single unit

    This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree.

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    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Essay
    Grade: 30%
    Poetry Responses
    Assessment type: Essay
    Grade: 50%
    Critical essay
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 20%
    Poetry Reading

    Required reading

    Students will be provided with an up to date reading list via the VU Collaborate system.

    As part of a course

    This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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