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ESH6051

Poetry and Media

Level 6 (15 credits)

Ever since poetry has had to fight for a place in modern media ecology, poetry of all kinds has grown increasingly sensitised to the milieu in which it will be transmitted. Poets have experimented not only with new media - performance, music, film - but also with with novel ways to draw in all potential media for the poem into the poem itself: the paper, the sound, the co-presence of other poems, the audience's emotions, the cultural expectations for poetry, the historical timing, the economics of publishing, and more. This module will study a selection of the most important poetry volumes / albums / performances of the past 70 years, crossing boundaries between poetry, audio, theatre and music. Seminars will be dedicated to an immersive experience of poetry through reading, silence and audio, giving students time get to know one work inside out, and write about it in depth. There will also be at least one visit to a poetry performance / walk / site-specific installation, and an opportunity to review brand-new work, or respond creatively yourself.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

This module is designed to work without prior preparation each week; the critical and creative work in it is done towards the end of the module. This is a deliberate part of the teaching strategy and will be explained in the first week.

Field trip to Sculpture Poetry Garden - £5-£10 train ticket.

Book purchases for long poems (Thomas, Oswald, Morris): £25 in total, roughly. These costs can be reduced by purchasing second-hand or borrowing.

 
Learning Context Long Seminar
Semester 2
Assessment

1. Review or Creative Response (1,500 words), 40%
2. Essay (2,500 words), 60%

Mode of reassessment Standard
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