Creative Writing: Poetry and Poetics

Course code ENGL3301Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course explores the various forms of poetry and the poetic ideas which inform them. Traditional as well as open forms are examined in detail, supplemented by readings of poetic theory from an historical range of sources. Students will learn about the nexus between theory and creative practice. They will study the specialised skills and techniques that turn an experience or memory into a compelling poem.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:
1. an understanding of the various forms of poetry;
2. a detailed understanding of the techniques involved in shaping a poem
3. a detailed understanding of the poetic ideas and theories which inform particular kinds of poetry;
4. core skills in written communication, in textual analysis and in creative practice.
5. demonstrate exposure to an array of voices from the local to the global and have started to develop their own voice.
ContentPoetry is an integral part of major creative writing programs. As good poets devour poetry all the time, students will embark on an intensive reading program, reading poetry from a variety of periods. They will study postmodern and contemporary trends and be encouraged to be more experimental in poem-making. The reading will enhance their critical skills in assessing their own work and that of their fellow students. They will learn to work with drafts and envision their work as a coherent collection.

Particular attention will be paid to

* Developments in Australian and world poetry
* Discovering literary models
* Envisioning the portfolio as a coherent collection
* Working with drafts, revising and editing.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNo
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo or more written assignments, which might include minor or major essays, creative and reflective assessment, tutorial papers, book reviews, online discussion/critique, blogs, essay proposals, bibliographies or other similar exercises, totaling 1000-4500 words.
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ENGL3301