Poetry: Genre and Practice

The emphasis in this module is on reading as well as writing poetry. You will explore how our own experience translates into poetry and how poetry becomes an experience generated by language, memory, imagination and form. You will be encouraged to seek out new reading as a result of seminar discussion. The writing of poetry is largely dependent on your abilities as a reader and interpreter of poems and on the textures of lived experience. Technique is vital to composition and it is strongly recommended that you buy or borrow a copy of ‘Rhyme’s Reason’ by John Hollander and ‘The Poet’s Manual and Rhyming Dictionary’ by Frances Stillman. You are expected to keep a journal throughout the module, the contents of which will be used to create the reflective essay for your portfolio.