Skip to main content Skip to navigation

EN333 - Poetry and Emotion

  • Module code: EN333
  • Module name: Poetry and Emotion
  • Department: English and Comparative Literary Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This option explores the role of emotion in nineteenth and twentieth-century poetry. The module explores: (1) how poetry expresses and articulates emotion, both formally (in specific kinds of language, prosody and rhythm), and thematically (in describing our experiences of love, friendship, mourning, anxiety, religion, nature); (2) how poets use poetry to both express and reserve their own emotions, or those of a narrator; (3) how critics writing about poetry have approached the question of communicating this expression in essay form; and (4) how we as modern readers understand emotion through our reading of poetry, that is: the different methods individual poets employ to provoke or achieve an emotional response in the reader.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will evince a knowledge of poetic form and metre and have an historical understanding of how poetical notions of emotion and elegy have developed and transformed from the Romantic to the Modern era.

Timetabled teaching activities

Weekly seminar

Departmental link

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: EN333-30)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 50%
Assessed Course Work 50%
Assessed Course Work 50%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 2