CRWT30230 Experimental Poetry

Academic Year 2021/2022

Contemporary and modernist writing produced some of the great experiments in poetry of the twentieth-century, including works such as Gertrude Stein’s ‘Tender Buttons’ and T S Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’. Such writing is often seen as ‘difficult’ and ‘intellectual’, as work that lacks feeling or sentiment. This module challenges that view and explores the way that writers have used experimental ideas to express identities that are often repressed or excluded from mainstream cultural narratives. The result is poetry that can express the complexities of everyday life for those whose identities are, for different reasons, ignored or challenged. It becomes poetry that is as important as living and breathing. You will be able to respond to the writers presented both critically and creatively, through essays and your own poetry.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module the student will:
Know and understand the main forms of modernist experimentation;
Understand the ways that recent thinking on 'late modernism' has taken into account the experiences of queer writers and writers of colour;
Understand the ways that writers excluded from mainstream culture and society have used experimental methods to express complex subjectivities;
Develop skills in the close analysis of texts and understand the ways they produce and respond to broader aesthetic and social contexts.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Teaching will be online via Brightspace Collaborate Classroom.

Teaching techniques will include:

Filmed short lectures and other interventions.
Online synchronous workshops and seminars.
Distribution of written material and worksheets via Brightspace..
Small group tutorials.
Individual feedback. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Portfolio: Portfolio of creative work of 8-10 poems with 1000 word commentary that demonstrates engagement with the material presented on the module Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students receive individual feedback on an ongoing basis on their contributions to discussion. They receive feedback on their creative work through workshop activities and individually. On completion of the module they receive individual written feedback.

Name Role
Dr Éireann Lorsung Lecturer / Co-Lecturer