Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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 a 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.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify a range of different forms of poetry.

2. Discuss key techniques involved in shaping a poem.

3. Evaluate the poetic ideas and theories which inform particular kinds of poetry.

4. Apply core skills in written communication, in textual analysis and in creative practice.

5. Develop a creative voice of their own through exposure to an array of local and global texts.


Poetry 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.

Assessment items

Portfolio: Short Portfolio (20%)

Essay: Reflective Essay (20%)

Portfolio: Final Portfolio (50%)

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial exercises (10%)

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Seminar: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Due to the practical nature of this course students are expected to attend a minimum of 75% of classes.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1



Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.