• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest English, Literature
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Russell Smith
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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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 have the knowledge and skills 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
  5. Understand and successfully deploy a range of terms and concepts integral to literary studies.

Indicative Assessment

1 x 500 word close reading presented in class after a reading of a selected poem or extract. (10%) LO: 2, 3, 4

1 x 1500 word critical analysis of a single poem. (30%) LO: 2, 3, 5

1 x 2500 word major essay on a longer poem or selection of poems. (50%) LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Masters level program. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENGL2080/ENGL2084.

Prescribed Texts

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

Reading Poetry, Peter Barry.

Preliminary Reading

As per prescribed texts


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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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
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
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
4348 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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