Poetry: The Versatile Imagination

Subject 106-422 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: .
Prerequisites: Usually admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth year honours in English or Creative Writing.
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Recommended Background Knowledge: .
Non Allowed Subjects: .
Core Participation Requirements: .


Peter Steele
Subject Overview:

This subject explores originality and diversity in poetry of several centuries and different countries, with some attention to context and reception. Students who complete this subject should be acquainted with a significant range of poems from the last several hundred years; have developed skills in reading them alertly, as to style, preoccupations, context and originality; and be aware of the interplay between traditions and individual talents.

Assessment: An essay of 5000 words for 4th year students or 6000 words for masters students 100% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: Norton Anthology of Poetry (Ferguson, Salter & Stallworthy (eds)), (5th ed)
Recommended Texts: .
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • read attentively a variety of works;

  • write both critically and lucidly;

  • discuss coherently and patiently;

  • both think and change their minds.


Formerly available as 106-078. Students who have completed 106-078 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (English)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (English Literature)

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