CRWT40160 Sound & Visual Poetry

Academic Year 2023/2024

This is an exploratory seminar and workshop in poetry. We will closely read the work of a number of poets alongside essays on poetics in order to gain a better understanding of what poetry might be and do. Part of this course will consider the presentation of poetry through display, exhibition, emplacement, and performance. By doing this we will develop an understanding of the poem's relation to audience and context, and will think about how performance and visual form co-construct a poem's meaning. Students' own expertise and curiosity will contribute to the module and support them in framing and extending traditions.

The aims of this module are to:
• facilitate analysis and discussion of a variety of poetry, especially contemporary experimental poetics and their roots.
• encourage practise and experiment with techniques used by poets considered on the module.
• develop a deeper understanding of the drafting and revision process.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
• demonstrate knowledge of the works of the range of poets considered on the course
• examine and experiment with a number of techniques used by these poets
• revise your own poems
• comment analytically and critically on the texts assigned

Indicative Module Content:

Experimental poetry
Visual poetry
Sound and poetry
Concrete poetry

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is a seminar module in which students will be introduced to experimental forms of poetry with a focus on sonic and visual experiment, discuss the work of other poets and write, perform, and display their own work. Students will be expected to read a collection of poems and about fifteen pages of poetics per week. Some class periods will be partially devoted to small-group peer feedback. This feedback will be carried out in a professional but supportive manner, and give class members very valuable information on the ways their work might be read. Those reviewing the work of others also gain important skills in reading poetry closely and with care, and in offering feedback in a professional manner and to a high standard. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Sound & Visual Poetry (ENG41910)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Portfolio: A portfolio of poems produced during the module accompanied by a critical commentary. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
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
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive ongoing tutor and peer review feedback on their writing throughout the semester through workshop activities. They will have the opportunity to change their work or produce new work for the portfolio. Following the completion of the assessment of the portfolio general feedback will be given as a class activity. Individual and specific issues will be addressed through a one-to-one meeting with the tutor.