Modern French Poetry

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Modern French Poetry

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    French, French Culture, Poetry

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The course introduces French poetry of the modern era, starting with the close study of a number of verse and prose poems by Charles Baudelaire. Consideration will also be given to the works of poets such as Rimbaud, Verlaine and Laforgue, with a particular focus on the formal investigations and experimentation which characterise verse from this period. Other axes of investigation include: theories of aesthetics and poetics such as voyance and synesthésie, the role of the poet in society and the evolution of vers libre. The course lays the foundations for an informed study of early 20th-century and contemporary poetry. 

    Learning Outcomes
    1. discuss the development of French poetry in the 19th century, based on the close reading of set poems and associated critical literature;
    2. analyse subversion and innovation in relation to verse and to poetic fixed forms, e.g. the sonnet;
    3. situate the set texts within their relevant social, literary and aesthetic contexts;
    4. examine prose-verse relationships in set poetic works.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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