Wrestling with Angels: Writing the Prose Poem - EN664

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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6 30 (15)




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This module aims to extend the creative possibilities of students' writing through an exploration of the boundaries between prose and poetry in theory and in practice. The module will consist of an investigation of historical and contemporary models of prose poetry, alongside writing exercises. In addition, the module will provide development of students’ own work via writing workshops and tutorials.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 32
Private study hours: 268
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

100% Coursework:

Portfolio of 8-10 prose poems (60%)
Critical appraisal of portfolio (1,500 words) (20%)
Workshop/tutorial participation (10%)
Seminar participation (10%)

Indicative reading

Stuart FRIEBERT and David YOUNG eds. - 'Models of the Universe: an Anthology of the Prose Poem (Oberlin College Press, 1995
Luke KENNARD - 'The Solex Brothers' (Redux) (Salt, 2007)
Rupert LOYDELL and David MILLER, eds. - 'A Curious Architecture: A Selection of Contemporary Prose Poems (Stride, 1996)
Michael ROSEN - 'Carrying the Elephant: A Memoir of Love and Loss (Penguin, 2002)
Patricia DEBNEY - 'Littoral' (Shearsman Books, 2013)
Carrie ETTER - 'Imagined Sons' (Seren Books, 2014)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 identify 'given' boundaries between poetry and prose, and explored them for creative possibilities
2 engage with elements of the historical and contemporary contexts of prose poetry
3 analyse historical and contemporary models of prose poetry for characteristic craft and technique
4 investigate the nuances and functions of the reader/writer relationship in cross-boundary writing
5 develop their own writing within the spectrum of prose poetry
6 make informed decisions about editing their own and others' cross-boundary work

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate that they have developed their capacity for close reading and critical analysis and made comparisons across a range of their reading
2 Demonstrate that they have developed their creative writing skills to an advanced level
3 Demonstrate that they have extended their range of critical and creative vocabulary and broadened their conceptual framework
4 Demonstrate that they have developed their communication skills, particularly in responding to others' work in the context of the workshop, and in discussion

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