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SEL8525 : MA Writing Poetry: Portfolio

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Jacob Polley
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Mixed Location
Semester 2 Credit Value: 30
Semester 3 Credit Value: 30
ECTS Credits: 30.0


To prepare a file of work consisting of around 30 poems or equivalent and to show through the file a finally shaped work or body of work along with an essay on the processes of the work.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will consist of a semester of individual supervision followed by a semester of independent study.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1597:00597:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00Organised at student and tutor's convenience, as happens every year
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Each student must consult the module leaders with an initial proposal, submitting an opening plan/draft for comment and discussion.

Each student must attend 3 tutorials across semesters 2 and 3 to report on work in progress for comment and discussion with the module leader, including a session to go over their final work before submission.

The meetings listed above are the basic requirement. The specific amount of time will vary from student to student. Some will attend Feedback and Consultation Hours for brief meetings. Some will wish to have longer sessions at greater intervals after they have built a body of work.

Creative work of this sort needs both the clear overriding structure of the meetings listed above and greater flexibility in terms of the duration and frequency of further discussion.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio3A100Portfolio of work (around 30 poems) plus essay (2,500 words).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

File of work of around 30 poems and an essay of no more than 2,500 words.

In the essay students will discuss the processes of drafting and any principles of selection. They will also discuss any relevant information about influences, themes and methods of composition explored in the file. It must include a bibliography of books read and events attended as evidence of research.

Reading Lists