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Unit information: Romantic Poetry and Poetics in 2022/23

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Unit name Romantic Poetry and Poetics
Unit code ENGLM3009
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Bennett
Open unit status Not open
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School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information

The unit is designed to offer students an advanced introduction to a range of poets of the Romantic era. The poets may include William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Ann Yearsley, Charlotte Smith, Mary Robinson, William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Clare, John Keats, Lord Byron, Felicia Hemans, Ann Yearsley, Hannah More. The poets will be studied within their social and political contexts, with a focus on contemporary developments in conceptions of poetry and poetics, in changing definitions of Romanticism and in the critical reception of these writers. In addition to selections from the poetry, attention will be paid to major critical writings from the period as well as to recent analysis of Romantic poetry and poetics.

Your learning on this unit

This unit will provide a foundation for the study of writing in the Romantic period, particularly the poetry. It will introduce students to the basic ideas and texts for: an understanding of canonical Romantic poetry; recent debates surrounding definitions of Romanticism as a literary movement; the contemporary reception of Romantic writers. Students will engage in depth with major poets of the specified period and with the significant body of critical and theoretical debate surrounding their work. Historical and cultural contexts will be explored, as will the issue of so-called ‘confessional’ poetry as it pertains to a number of writers to be considered on the course.

How you will learn

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities. These can include seminars, lectures, class discussion, formative tasks, small group work, and self-directed exercises.

How you will be assessed

1 x 4000 word essay (100%); 1000 word presentation.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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