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EL40YN: BRITISH POETRY OF THE 20TH CENTURY (2020-2021)

Last modified: 15 Apr 2021 11:20


Course Overview

This course will explore the work of some of the most influential and innovative voices in 20th century British poetry.  Beginning with the Modernist revolution in technique, theory and taste, it will trace some of the main continuities and reactions that stemmed from the first decades of the century and which culminated in a richly diverse and fascinating late 20th century/early 21st century poetic landscape.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Tim Tricker

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course will explore the work of some of the most powerful and influential voices in 20th century British poetry.  Beginning with the Modernist revolution in technique, theory and taste, it will trace some of the main continuities and reactions that stemmed from the first decades of the century and which culminated in a richly diverse and fascinating late 20th century/early 21st century poetic landscape.  Poets studied will include some of the greatest innovators in free verse such as Eliot and D.H.Lawrence, poets of the natural world such as Ted Hughes, voices from different national traditions within the United Kingdom and the rise to prominence of contemporary female writers such as Carol Ann Duffy and Kathleen Jamie.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Critical Writing Exercise [1000 words] (20%)

Individual Presentation [12-15 mins] (20%)

Essay [2500 words] (40%)

Seminar Engagement Mark (20%)

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

1 x 3,500 word resit essay (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandGain knowledge and understanding of key theoretical and analytical approaches to modern poetry.
ProceduralApplyApply knowledge of modern poetry and its conceptual context to the writing of well-reasoned, articulate criticism of literary texts.
ConceptualCreateDevelop and articulate cogent close readings and clearly argued propositions relating to the literary texts under discussion.
ProceduralCreateProduce written work to deadline.
FactualRememberLearn to recognise and appreciate key features of the modern British poetic tradition.
FactualUnderstandGain knowledge and understanding of the literary and cultural significance of a selection of key works in 20th century British poetry
ConceptualEvaluateDevelop a nuanced critical appreciation of the complexities and technical accomplishments of modern British poetry.

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