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EL40YN: BRITISH POETRY OF THE 20TH CENTURY (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:24


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?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

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?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


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.


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

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


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

Critical Writing Exercise [1000 words] (20%)

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

Essay [2500 words] (40%)

Seminar Engagement Mark (20%)

Alternative Resit Assessment

1 x 3,500-word Resit Essay (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

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