Writing Poetry (Online)

Course summary

  • Wed 17 Jan 2018 to Fri 06 Apr 2018
  • Online
  • From £375.00
  • 10 CATS points
  • Course code O17P407CRV
  • onlinecourses@conted.ox.ac.uk
  • Applications being accepted

Writing Poetry (Online)



Overview

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 OBrien. 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.

Programme details

1. Rhyme, Rhythm and Metre
2. Figurative Language
3. Divisions
4. Blank Verse
5. Syllabic verse and free verse
6. Free Verse II
7. Lyric Poetry
8. The Sonnet
9. Pastoral
10. What More and What Next

We strongly recommend that you try to find a little time each week to engage in the online conversations (at times that are convenient to you) as the forums are an integral, and very rewarding, part of the course and the online learning experience.

Recommended reading

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)

Certification

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.

For more information on CATS point please click on the link below: http://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/studentsupport/faq/cats.php

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 both course assignments and actively participating in the course forums. Certificates will be available, online, for those who qualify after the course finishes.

IT requirements

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.

Fees

Home/EU Fee: £375.00
Non-EU Fee: £495.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00

Tutors

Ms Kate Potts

Kate Potts’ pamphlet Whichever Music was a Poetry Book Society Choice and was shortlisted for a Michael Marks Award. She received an Arts Council award towards her poetry collection Pure Hustle (Bloodaxe, 2011). Kate teaches for Oxford University, The Poetry School and Royal Holloway. 

Course aims

This course aims to introduce participants to a wide variety of poetic technique and form.

Teaching methods

  • 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.

Learning outcomes

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 ones 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.

Assessment methods

Assessment for this course is based on two written assignments - one short assignment due half way through the course and one longer assignment due at the end of the course. Students will have about two weeks to complete each assignment.

Assignments are not graded but are marked either pass or fail.

Application

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.

Level and demands

FHEQ level 4, 10 weeks, approx 10 hours per week, therefore a total of about 100 study hours.