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Poetry: Sonnet to Slam (EGL231)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Description This unit introduces students to the study of poetry through studying the various connections between poetry, music, song, and performance. The emphasis is on understanding, appreciating, analysing and enjoying poetry. The unit deals with the nature of poetic genres, theories of classification, processes of reading, methods of analysis and key issues in the interpretation of poetry. No previous experience in studying poetry is necessary. It is possible to write a poem for one of the assignments.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:
1. Engage with - through reading, writing and discussion -- and analyse a range of poetry: classical to contemporary forms
2. Identify key historical movements, styles and genres of poetry
3. Apply a range and variety of approaches to the practice of reading, performing, writing, and writing about poetry.
Timetabled Learning Activities 1-hour lecture, weekly; 1.5-hour tutorial
Unit Learning Experiences Learning activities include gaining expertise through reading of primary poetry texts and secondary theoretical texts; developing skills in critical discussion and analysis a range of poetic modes; and writing poetry, as well as writing about poetry, in workshop exercises and essays.
Assessment All students will be assessed as follows: essay (1500 words - 30%), oral and written tutorial paper (internals) or online paper (externals) (500 words 20%); tutorial participation or online discussion 15%; two-hour written examination 35%.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EGL331 Sonnet and Song: Understanding Poetry or EGL344 Sonnet to Song: Understanding Poetry may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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English and Creative Writing (BA)
English Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Appears in these Co-Majors English and Creative Writing
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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