• University of Reading

A-level Study Boost: Unseen Poetry and the Creative Process

Discover effective techniques to analyse unseen poetry and learn about the creative writing process.

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A-level Study Boost: Unseen Poetry and the Creative Process
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Improve your skills in analysis and creative writing

What do you do when you encounter a poem for the first time?

How can the process of writing poetry help you to enjoy and understand the written word in new ways? 

On this course, you’ll explore strategies for close reading and creative writing using a poem called ‘Patagonia’ by Kate Clanchy as a case study.

You’ll explore the techniques that poets use and consider their impact on you as a reader.

By the end of the course, you’ll be inspired to read poetry in different ways, express yourself more effectively and you’ll have created an original poem of your own.

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What topics will you cover?

Week 1 – Unseen Poetry

  • Ways to read and analyse poetry
  • Introduction to the poem, Patagonia
  • Feelings: Exploring different feelings towards text
  • Patterns: Breaking the text down
  • Puzzles: Tone and figurative language

Week 2 – The Creative Process

  • Analysing and understanding the creative process
  • Ways to start writing a poem
  • Shaping a poem
  • Create and share your own poem

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the ways in which poets choose and structure words to create meaning
  • Apply techniques for analysing poetry by focusing on feelings, patterns, and puzzles
  • Experiment with methods for writing and shaping your own poetry, guided by expert educators and mentors
  • Evaluate your own and others’ poetry by sharing with fellow Learners

Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for students studying A-level English literature, language, history, and drama, and those looking to study English at university. It will also be of interest to anyone looking to develop their critical thinking about poetry and improve their skills in analysis and writing.

This course will also be of interest to A-level teachers of the same subjects looking for teaching resources and ideas to use with their students in the classroom.

Who will you learn with?

I'm an Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Reading in the UK. I'm looking forward to exploring poetry with you.

Who developed the course?

University of Reading

The University of Reading has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and enterprise.

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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