EKIA410 Literary Texts - Poetry (4 cr)
A variety of poetry from different authors, periods and countries
Group work and contact teaching - more details below.
Weekly guided tasks on typically a few poems, usually focusing on one poet though sometimes a selection of different poets on similar themes, are prepared each week by the students for small group discussion prior to whole group discussion. The poems chosen and the approach to them are designed to make the topic as accessible or 'user-friendly' as possible. The process of collaboration in discussion is a very valuable way of discovering, formulating, and refining our critical judgments (the method may be described therefore as ‘heuristic’, i.e. the learning takes place through discoveries that result from ideas that come from the student). There may be some supporting use of audio-visual materials e.g. radio, television or film programmes about poets and their work.
Assessment by written assignment.
•formulate and give evidence for their own critical opinion
•analyse ideas and effects in a variety of poems (mainly from the 20th century) and the methods employed by the poets to express them
•identify some principal defining characteristics of various writers and periods
In view of the heuristic process described above it is important that students are willing to play an active part in discussing in small groups their responses to the weekly tasks prepared at home.
Attendance policy. 100% attendance is usually expected. The effect of any necessary absences on that student's work will be assessed by the teacher, and where necessary extra work in compensation may be required. More than two absences may result in the student having to leave to course, if in the teacher's judgment too much has been missed.