Singapore University of Social Sciences

Understanding Poems and Plays

Understanding Poems and Plays (ELT109)

Applications Open: 01 April 2022

Applications Close: 15 June 2022

Next Available Intake: July 2022

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1378 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


ELT109 is devoted to the critical appreciation of two literary forms: poetry and drama. By using specific examples, it identifies the key features to look out for when reading either a poem or a play. In recognition of the need to be able to write effectively about these forms, specific guidance is also given on how to prepare, plan, and complete critical essays on each. The aim of the course is to impart both skills and confidence to the beginning reader of poems and plays.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • Introduction to Poetry: Looking; Reading
  • Understanding Poems: Listening; Understanding; Feeling
  • Analysing Poems: Critical Appreciation and Critical Comparison
  • Looking at Modern Drama: A View from the Bridge
  • Shakespeare’s Open Text: The Merchant of Venice
  • Interpreting The Merchant of Venice & Course Overview

Learning Outcome

  • Identify the key features of poems and of plays.
  • Interpret the stylistic and thematic effects of the key features of poetry and plays.
  • Present a critical comparison of two unseen poems.
  • Apply close reading skills to a Shakespeare play and a modern play.
  • Write properly structured papers on poetry and plays.
  • Use proper citation methods in-text and in bibliographies
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