• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest English

This course introduces students to a broad range of poets and poetic movements from the Renaissance through to the present day. No prior knowledge is assumed. Students will gain a broad overview of history and the development of poetry in English, as well as becoming familiar with the technical terms and concepts needed to describe and analyse poetry, both of which will deepen their appreciation and enjoyment of all kinds of poetry. Teaching and assessment will focus on close reading and analysis of individual poems, as well as developing the capacity to construct cogent arguments and to write and speak clearly.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the history and development of poetry in English
2. Understand and be confident in using relevant technical and historical terms to identify, describe and analyse a range of poetic genres, forms and techniques
3. Demonstrate skills in the close reading and analysis of literary texts
4. Demonstrate skills in the presentation of cogent arguments in both verbal and written form


Indicative Assessment

1 x 500 word close analysis, presented in class after a reading of a selected poem or extract.  (15%) LO: 2, 3

1 x 1000 word short essay on a single poem. (25%) 2, 3, 4

1 x 2000 word long essay on a longer poem or selection of poems. (50%) LO: 1, 2, 3, 4

2 x 250 word in-class analyses written during tutorials (10%)  LO: 1, 2, 3


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1 x 90-minute lecture per week over 13 weeks; 1x 1-hour tutorial per week over 12 weeks; 7.5 hours of associated working time per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level English (ENGL), or with the written approval from the Head of Discipline. You cannot enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENGL1009.

Prescribed Texts

The Norton Anthology of Poetry, Ferguson, Salter & Stallworthy eds. 5th Edition.

The Poetry Toolkit, Rhian Williams, 2nd Edition.





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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4341 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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