Module Details

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Title Renaissance Poetry
Code ENGL327
Coordinator Dr A Duxfield
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 30


The aims of the module are: to introduce students to a range of poetic writing from the Renaissance period; to develop students’ understanding of poetic form and its development and manipulation; to enable students to read the poetry of the period in relation to its political, cultural and intellectual contexts; to develop students’ capacity to communicate ideas clearly in written and spoken form.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will have the ability to write fluent prose which conveys independent research and evaluation of materials, theories, and concepts.

(LO2) Students will demonstrate capacity to develop focused research attitudes and pursue projects independently.

(LO3) Students will apply understanding of Renaissance poetic conventions and knowledge of the cultural and historical contexts in which Renaissance poetry was written and read.

(S1) Students will gain practical research skills to retrieve and handle information from a variety of sources.

(S2) Students will gain organisational skills in managing time and workloads, and in meeting deadlines.

(S3) Students will gain the ability to communicate ideas with concision and clarity.



The syllabus for this module might include:
- The sonnets of Wyatt, Sir Philip Sidney, Lady Mary Wroth, and other English writers in the tradition of Petrarch
- Marlowe's Hero and Leander and the tradition of Ovid
- Spenser, The Faerie Queene
- The poetry of Donne, Jonson, Herbert, and Marvell
- Poetry of female protest by Aemilia Lanier and Katherine Phillips
- Milton's Lycidas
- The Cavalier Poets (Lovelace, Suckling, Herrick, Carew)

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching will be delivered as a combination of weekly 1-hour small group tutorials (interactive and discussion-based), weekly 1-hour whole-cohort workshops which will be primarily tutor-led, and weekly 1-hour whole-cohort workshops which will be a combination of interactive group work and tutor-led material.
The total contact hours will be 36, with 264 hours of self-directed learning. Self-directed learning hours will be used to carry out reading in preparation for each teaching sessions, carry out library research and writing towards assessment work; consultation with tutors.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours     11


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 267


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Essay  4000-4500 words    60       
Creative-critical Exercise: write Renaissance-style sonnet with commentary.  2000 - 2500 words in    40       
Practical close-reading essay  1000-1500 words         

Recommended Texts

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