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General information

Course name Exercises: Poetry Analysis
Semester WS 2023/24
Current number of participants 26
maximum number of participants 25
Home institute Englische Literaturwissenschaft
participating institutes ZZZ_Literaturwissenschaft (Anglistik/Amerikanistik)
Courses type Exercises in category Teaching
First date Tuesday, 24.10.2023 11:45 - 13:15, Room: (D 2127)
Learning organisation regular attendance, short presentation, final exam
Performance record Portfolio
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird in Präsenz abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
Literaturhinweise A reader with assorted texts will be provided on Digicampus.
The following are good introductions to poetry analysis:
Barry, Peter. Reading Poetry. (university library: 65/HG 530 B281)
Bode, Christoph. Einführung in die Lyrikanalyse. (university library: 170/HG 530 B666)
Thorne, Sarah. Mastering Poetry. (university library: 65/HG 510 T511)
ECTS points 2-4

Rooms and times

(D 2127)
Tuesday: 11:45 - 13:15, weekly (14x)

Module assignments


This course aims to provide students with the tools needed for the successful literary analysis and interpretation of a poem. Looking at a wide range of poems from the Renaissance to the present, we will have ample opportunities to practise both the basic skills of poetry analysis (identifying the metre, stylistic devices etc.) and how to integrate these technical analyses into the interpretation of a poem. Furthermore, students will get an overview of the most common poetic genres (such as sonnet, ode, ballad, dramatic monologue, …) as well as of the history of poetry in the British Isles since the Renaissance.

Poetry analysis is one of the five major areas relevant to literary studies (prose, drama, poetry, film, and literary theory). This course is intended for all students of English and American Studies, who should have attended courses in all five of these areas before they register for their final exams.

The course provides a comprehensive introduction to the key concepts of poetry analysis and its various critical approaches. For this purpose we will analyze a wide range of selected poems that comprise the major epochs and genres of English literature. In order to fully understand these texts we shall also explore their respective historical and literary contexts.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "ALW/ELW/NELK: Aufbaumodul BA/LA: Ü".
Studierende der Anglistik/Amerikanistik und des Faches Englisch können sich bereits während der vorgezogenen Anmeldephase zur Sicherstellung des Studienfortschritts für die Aufbau- und Vertiefungsmodule anmelden. Hierzu wird ein gewisses Kontingent der Kursplätze im Zeitraum vom 21.08.2023 bis 30.08.2023 für die Anmeldung geöffnet. Die Verteilung der Plätze erfolgt am 01.09.2023. Bitte beachten Sie, dass in dieser Anmeldephase Studierende in höheren Fachsemestern bei der Verteilung der Plätze priorisiert werden.
Die allgemeine Anmeldephase beginnt am 04.09.2023 und endet am 09.10.2023.
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • The enrolment is possible from 04.09.2023, 08:00 to 09.10.2023, 12:00.
  • Enrolment is allowed for up to 1 courses of the admission set.
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 12.10.2023 on 09:00. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
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