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SEL8410 : MA Writing Poetry: Annual Submission 1

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Jacob Polley
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Mixed Location
Semester 3 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To develop students’ ability to write and develop poems, as well as their capacity for critical insight into their work. Students will be expected to prepare a file of work consisting of around 10 to 12 poems and an accompanying commentary.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will be offered only in exceptional circumstances in lieu of a student's participation in 'MA in Poetry: Summer School 1' and only with the permission of the module leader. This module will consist of a semester of independent study, plus three one-hour tutorials.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1117:00117:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading180:0080:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Offered in lieu of students' participation in the module 'MA in Poetry: Summer School 1', this module asks the student to prepare ten to twelve poems for submission, whilst also asking them to consider their work critically in the accompanying commentary. Over three one-hour individual tutorials, students will receive feedback and critique on their poems and constructive guidance on both revising their work and suggested reading for improving their practice.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio3A100Portfolio of ten to twelve poems, plus commentary of 1,500 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

File of ten to twelve poems and a written commentary of no more than 1500 words.

Although students may, with the tutor's approval, include some poems in this portfolio that were also submitted for the assessment of either 'MA in Poetry: Workshop 1’ or 'MA in Poetry: Workshop 2', any such poems must be substantially revised and reconsidered within the accompanying critical commentary.

Reading Lists