Online course

What Is Poetry? An Introduction to Literary Analysis

Understand the basics of poetry analysis and learn key skills for studying English literature by exploring a variety of texts.

What Is Poetry? An Introduction to Literary Analysis

This course is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Bachelor of Arts.

Explore, understand and critique poetry

What are the different ways you can understand a poem? How do different elements of a poem work together? What difference does context make to literature?

Get answers to these questions and more with this course introducing poetry analysis and literary analysis. You will examine a variety of texts written in different genres in order to develop an understanding of how writers deploy language to convey their ideas. You will develop fundamental skills in literary analysis, preparing your for further study of literature and creative writing.

When would you like to start?

What will you achieve?

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

  • a variety of literary forms and the key terms used to describe and understand them.
  • core linguistic concepts and principles in analysing English literature.
  • literary works from different genres and eras at a foundational level.
  • key literary concepts and findings in appropriate written forms.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in poetry, English, literature, or literary analysis. You don’t need any previous experience.

Who will you learn with?

Who developed the course?

The University of Newcastle is a world-class university distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Ranked in Australia’s Top 10 universities, and #214 in the world (QS rankings, 2019).

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