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EN238 - The Practice of Poetry

  • Module code: EN238
  • Module name: The Practice of Poetry
  • Department: English and Comparative Literary Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module will introduce students to a range of traditional and contemporary approaches to writing poetry. Students will develop their skills in this genre and will examine, through practice, discussion and textual experiment: metre, form, layout, lineation, rhyme and diction. The module will develop your skills in reading contemporary poetry, both in English and in translation, and will allow you to carry out research on poets and their practice.

Principal learning outcomes

"By the end of this module the student will have: 1. Worked in many forms of poetry and created poems using many media, including the page, film, sound recording and electronic forms; 2. Received an introduction to the work of some contemporary poets writing in English and in translation to English, and how their work may be used a models for the student's own practice; 3. Acquired some knowledge of the power and practice of imagination in poetic creation; 4. Worked in accentual metre, accentual-syllabic metre, syllabic verse and unmetred (""free"") verse, and a variety of rhyme strategies, including full rhyme, half-rhyme, consonantal rhyme and assonantal rhyme; 5. Appreciated the diversity of contemporary verse strategies, including OULIPO, cross-artform (or ""hybrid"") poetries, open and closed field poetry, and the role of performance and the individual voice; 6.Acquired an understanding of the practice of imitation, and a spectrum of like strategies, including the various degrees of ""translation""; 7. Acquired a practical understanding of their own poetics, and that of other poets, with regard to poetry; 8. Acquired a realistic knowledge of the marketplace for poetry, including the small and specialist presses, magazines and electronic outlets, as well as the mainstream presses in the Anglophone world. This will encompass the reviewing system current in the national press; 9. Improved their skills in writing a critical commentary on their poetry."

Timetabled teaching activities

The module is taught in a workshop as one group. There is a stress on group-work and research. You are strongly encouraged to use the office hours provided by Writing Programme tutors for individual and group tuition, and extra office hours offered by visiting writers. You are also asked to attend all Writers at Warwick events and LitBiz events.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: EN238-30)
A1 (Assessed work only) Portfolio of Original Poetry 60%
  3000 word essay 30%
  Performance/Conceptual Art or Review of Poetry 10%
V1 (Visiting students only) Assessed/visiting students attending single term only 100%
V2 (Visiting students only) Assessed/visiting students attending two terms (Terms 1 & 2) 50%
  Assessed/visiting students attending two terms (Terms 2 & 3) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Undergraduate English Literature and Creative Writing (QP36) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate English Literature and Creative Writing (QP36) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 2