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EN4427   The Shape of the Poem

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm Tue

The shape of the poem refers not only to the evolution of poetic form[s] but also to 'the general health' of the poem - how confident it has been and currently is as a form within itself and as an 'art-form' within culture. We will look at - the line, metre, the prose poem, the sonnet, the sestina, the pantoum, rhyme, sonic effects, metaphor, syllabics, Concrete poetry, experimental forms, the sequence, restraints and the anagram, and then on to the new oralities - the influence of song, Spoken Word, Rap, The Slam, 'reading live from memory' as 'opposed' to the page, poetry on- line and 'the informe' - ie no form.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass EN2003 and pass EN2004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar and 2 optional consultative hours.

Scheduled learning hours: 44

Guided independent study hours: 256

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Mr Matthew Caley