1. Rhyme, Rhythm and Metre
2. Figurative Language
4. Blank Verse
5. Syllabic verse and free verse
6. Free Verse II
7. Lyric Poetry
8. The Sonnet
10. What More and What Next
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Writing Poetry (Online)
Using a specially-designed virtual learning environment (VLE), this online course provides students with directed readings and tutor-guided, text-based discussions and debate. There are no 'live-time' meetings so you can study whenever it suits you. View sample units on our course demonstration site.
How can poetic form help me to turn the passion and intensity of life into memorable expressions? How can an appreciation of the techniques used by past and living poets help me to improve as a poet? Take this course and find out.
Poetry can seem like a members-only club. Even the names of poetic forms such as 'sonnet', 'villanelle', and 'sestina' can be as intimidating as the list of writers associated with them, from Shakespeare to Shelley to Sean O'Brien. This course is designed to demystify poetic composition, and to help students to gain the confidence to produce poems of their own. It introduces students to a wide range of poems and poetic techniques with the aim of enabling them to gain a deeper appreciation of how poetry works, an understanding of the forms best suited to the kind of statements that they are interested in making, and confidence in deploying such devices as metre, rhyme, figurative language. This course is for anyone who would like to start to write - or to write better - poetry.
For information on how the courses work, and a link to our course demonstration site, please click here.
1. Rhyme, Rhythm and Metre
To participate in the course you will need to have regular access to the Internet and you will need to buy the following books:
- Strand, Mark, and Eavan Boland, The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (New York: W. W. Norton & Co. Ltd, 2001)
- Hollander, John, Rhymes Reason: A Guide to English Verse (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001)
To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online. If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to register and pay the £10 fee.
Coursework is an integral part of all online courses and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.
Assignments are not graded but are marked either pass or fail.
All students who successfully complete this course, whether registered for credit or not, are eligible for a Certificate of Completion. Completion consists of submitting the final course assignment. Certificates will be available, online, for those who qualify after the course finishes.
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Simon Pomery’s first collection of ‘infinity poems’, Four Pints of Guinness for Tony Conrad, will be published by FLUF in summer 2019. His work has appeared in Sure Hope, 3am Magazine, P.N. Review, the TLS etc. His PhD research at Royal Holloway is on poethics in recent experimental poetry.
This course aims to introduce participants to a wide variety of poetic technique and form.
- guided reading;
- guided writing tasks;
- guided use of relevant websites;
- use of tutor notes and handouts;
- close critical analyses of selected extracts from the texts studied and participants own writing.
By the end of this course participants will be expected to understand:
- a wide range of verse forms and structures;
- notable examples of poetic forms from the history of literature in English;
- the relative advantages and challenges of one verse form over another;
- which forms and techniques are best suited to one's own emerging voice.
By the end of this course participants will be expected to have gained the following skills:
- competence and confidence in writing in a wide range of verse forms;
- an ability to recognise and experiment with different poetic structures and techniques;
- an ability to articulate their intentions and achievement in engaging with poetic form.
You will be set two pieces of work for the course. The first of 500 words is due halfway through your course. Assignment 1 is up to 500 words about a drafted poem, as well as the drafted poem. This does not count towards your final outcome but preparing for it, and the feedback you are given, will help you prepare for your assessed piece of work due at the end of the course. Your assessed work, Assignment 2, is more drafts of that same first poem as well as 3 other poems, no fewer than 10 and no more than 45 lines. The assessed work is marked pass or fail.
English Language Requirements
We do not insist that applicants hold an English language certification, but warn that they may be at a disadvantage if their language skills are not of a comparable level to those qualifications listed on our website. If you are confident in your proficiency, please feel free to enrol. For more information regarding English language requirements please follow this link: https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/english-language-requirements
Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.
Level and demands
FHEQ level 4, 10 weeks, approx 10 hours per week, therefore a total of about 100 study hours.
This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.