Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 7 30 (15) David Herd checkmark-circle


This module will prepare you for the production of your dissertation portfolio of fully realised, finished poems. You will read a wide range of exemplary, contemporary work and experiment with form and content.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 280
Total Study Hours: 300


This module is the core module for the MA in Creative Writing and will be made available to other students subject to places.

Autumn term only.

Method of assessment

Portfolio of 12-15 Poems or 150 lines of Poetry– 100%

Indicative reading

Indicative reading list:

Laurie Duggan, Crab & Winkle (Shearsman Books, 2009)
John James, In Romsey Town (Equipage, 2011)
Bernadette Mayer, Sonnets (Tender Buttons Books, 2014)
Harryette Mullen, Urban Tumbleweed (Graywolf, 2013)
Denise Riley, Say Something Back (Picador, 2016)
Rosemary Tonks, Bedouin of the London Evening (Bloodaxe 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 Demonstrate their capacity for close reading and critical analysis and applied these skills to their practice
2 Identify, critically evaluate and interrogate particular poetic and literary techniques found in modern and contemporary poetry (for example, collage, quotation, modes of metaphor, juxtaposition) and make use of them in their practice;
3 Reflect on the wide range of stylistic practices open to the contemporary poet and demonstrate an understanding of how these relate to their own practice;
4 Confidently apply advanced poetic techniques within their work;
5 Demonstrate understanding, through practice, the value of drafting and editing;
6 Plan and undertake a portfolio of poems which demonstrates a developed sense of their relationship between their work and its audience.

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

1 Demonstrate a critical language;
2 Apply that language to their own work, through collective- and self-criticism;
3 Demonstrate sympathy with traditions other than those in which they themselves are working;
4 Demonstrate a substantial capacity for independent imaginative projects and research;
5 Gather and evaluate a range of materials from diverse contexts.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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