The emphasis in this module is on reading as well as writing poetry. There is a decent collection of verse in the Library and students will be expected and encouraged to seek out work as a result of seminar and discussion. The writing of poetry is largely dependent on your abilities and adventurousness as a reader. However, technical aspects should not be neglected, and it is strongly recommended that every student buys or borrows a copy of Rhyme’s Reason by John Hollander and The Poet’s Manual and Rhyming Dictionary by Frances Stillman (more for the use of this book’s former element than its latter!) You are expected to keep a journal throughout the course, the contents of which will be used to create your reflective piece for your portfolio.