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Poetry and the Imagination (9308.2)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: Discipline of Creative and Cultural Practice



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    This unit focuses on poetic composition. The first half of the lectures will be largely conceptual, drawing extensively on audio and visual materials from both poetry and the other performative arts. What, we shall ask, is a poetic act? The second half of the lectures will attend to the music of poetry. Both halves are intended to provide students with the tools to advance their own compositional practice. Students will be given a weekly list of contemporary and twentieth century poems drawn from across the English-speaking world, which they are expected to immerse themselves in prior to the tutorials. Tutorials will provide a space in which students can work upon and present their own compositions. They will also serve as a recital space; every student will be expected to memorise one of the set poems and to recite it to the group.

    Learning Outcomes

    On completion of this subject students will be able to:

    1. read poetry with enjoyment;

    2. judge critically the value of the poems they come to read in the future;

    3. aware of the radical gulf between poetry and prose and will have some theories as to its nature;

    4. produce at least one poem that they are happy to show to others; and

    5. recite off-by-heart one of the last century's most celebrated poems.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    Three hours per week.





    Assumed Knowledge


    Incompatible Units

    Restrictions: This unit is not open to students who have passed 6881 Poetry and the Imagination.

    Equivalent Units

    6881 Poetry and the Imagination

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