University of Newcastle Australia program

Creative Writing: Poetry and Poetics

This program, ENGL3301, explores the various forms of poetry and the poetic ideas which inform them.

This program is part of the Bachelor of Arts degree offered by The University of Newcastle Australia

Get experience composing and refining poetic writing.

Poetry is an integral part of major creative writing programs. As good poets devour poetry all the time, students will embark on an intensive reading program, reading poetry from a variety of periods. They will study postmodern and contemporary trends and be encouraged to be more experimental in poem-making. The reading will enhance their critical skills in assessing their own work and that of their fellow students. They will learn to work with drafts and envision their work as a coherent collection.

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Who will you learn with?

I teach Creative Writing and English literature at the University of Newcastle. I'm a poet, publisher and novelist with a publishing record extending over four decades.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify a range of different forms of poetry.

  2. Discuss key techniques involved in shaping a poem.

  3. Evaluate the poetic ideas and theories which inform particular kinds of poetry.

  4. Apply core skills in written communication, in textual analysis and in creative practice.

  5. Develop a creative voice of their own through exposure to an array of local and global texts.

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