The Opposite of Science: How to Analyse Poems

Queen Mary, University of London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Opposite of Science: How to Analyse Poems

  • Host University

    Queen Mary, University of London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    English, Poetry

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

    15
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Credits: 15.0
    Overlap: "ESH104, SML102"
    Prerequisite: None

    The aim of the module is to introduce students to the art of poetry analysis in a comparative context. To this end, we will work together on a series of poems in a variety of languages, some of which will have been chosen by the module teacher and others by the students. The module will be divided into three three-week blocks, concerned respectively with sound, shape and sense. For each block, students will be required to demonstrate what they have learned either by giving a class presentation or by writing a commentary exercise on a suitable poem of their choice. By the end of the module, then, students will have given one class presentation, which will be worth 10 percent of the final mark, and written two commentary exercises of not more than 1500 words, worth 20 per cent each. These will be due in weeks 4, 8 and 11 respectively.

    Assessment: 50.0% Examination, 40.0% Coursework, 10.0% Practical
    Semester 1 Associate Assessment: 90.0% Coursework, 10.0% Practical
    Level: 4

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