This course offers a critical introduction to the concepts, key terms and debates that feature as a part of studying modern poetry as well as exploring the cultural and historical contexts in which such verse is situated. This course considers what constitutes “modern” poetry by examining poets and poetic movements in the twentieth century. Beginning by proposing some of the key features of modern poetry, the course subsequently examines the poetry of the First World War, followed by an interrogation of how Modernists Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot developed their unique artistic and cultural positions. An examination of Ted Hughes’s verse is undertaken to see how the ancient tradition of nature poetry is revitalised for the twentieth century. In the final unit, consideration is given to the rise to prominence of women’s poetry by examining a range of prominent women poets. The course concludes by attending to recent trends in modern poetry.
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.