Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to Australian poetry from the period 1965 through to the present, a period in which it responded vigorously to international movements in poetry such modernism, postmodernism and L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry and other avant garde movements. Beginning with a pre-history of the failure of Australian poetry to engage in any significant way with European and North American Modernism, the course then examines the introduction into Australian poetry of free verse in the 1960s. It then examines the so-called avant gardist generation of '68, and the conservative reaction against them through the 1970s and 1980s, commonly referred to as the 'poetry wars'. This period also saw the rise to prominence of many important women poets as well as several poets writing in Aboriginal English.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2016.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Recognise distinct themes and formal attributes of contemporary Australian poetry;

2. Demonstrate skills in interpretation and analysis of contemporary Australian poetry at intermediate undergraduate level;

3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate at intermediate undergraduate level;

4. Demonstrate skills in information literacy and use of technology to perform research;

5. Write analytic essays at intermediate undergraduate level.


Content of this course will vary from offering to offering, but will focus on the study of the development of Australian poetry from the 1960s through to the present.

Assumed knowledge

20 units of English at 1000 level

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Two to four written assignments *

Participation: Student participation in class discussion

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.