Extreme Poetry

Subject 106-479 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - 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: 2 contact hours/week, 8 additional hours/week. Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Entry into honours or a postgraduate diploma in Creative Writing
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Kevin John Brophy


Kevin Brophy
Subject Overview: This subject will be presented through a series of seminars. Since the emergence of free verse at the beginning of the twentieth century, many poets have been interested in uncovering the limits of poetic conventions. At the same time poetry has been the one literary form highly responsive to technological change. This subject will introduce students to the historical and theoretical aspects of poetry that tests the limits of the poetic. A general focus will be the idea of the avant garde. Students will be working in groups to make presentations and present readings or performances to the class.
  • be able to engage with contemporary and recent debates and issues related to the writing of poetry;
  • be able to articulate a personal creative poetic process;
  • be able to show familiarity with new developments in poetry and poetics;
  • be able to produce to a high level work of poety.
Assessment: A 2500 word essay on a negotiated question 50% (due at the end of semester) and the equivalent of 2500 words of a negotiated creative project 50% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to engage in group projects and discussions successfully towrds a common learning goal;
  • be able to research a topic under direction;
  • be able to make a public presentation;
  • be able to read or perform or demonstrate their creative works in public.
Notes: This subject is available to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) honours and postgraduate diploma students.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Creative Arts(Honours)
Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Arts
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Creative Writing
Creative Writing

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