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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This is an introductory subject containing both a critical and a creative component. It aims, on the one hand, to develop students' skills in various aspects of poetic craft while, on the other hand, introducing them to some of the major forms of poetry in English over the last 400 or so years. Students will be exposed to a range of debates and theoretical approaches pertinent to their own poetic practice: Why is poetry relevant? What can poetry tell us about the world that other forms of literature cannot? How can poetry shape the way we see ourselves, our environment, our history and our present? Can writing poetry be a political act? This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential through consideration of historical and contemporary poetry about place, the environment and landscape, and the self in the context of place. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affect the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems - now and in the future.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorClaire Knowles

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesModelled in lectures and practiced in workshops.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

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Prerequisites Students must have completed 60 credit points of Level one subjects


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Learning resources

Writing Poetry

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorHerbert, W.N.





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The Norton Anthology of Poetry

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorFerguson, M, Mary Jo Salter and Jon Stallworthy





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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate an understanding of poetic form and metre through creative practice
02. Formulate a reasoned and substantiated argument about a variety of poetical texts
03. Articulate an understanding of some of the most significant poetical movements of the last 400 years
04. Engage with issues in sustainability thinking and reflect on the complex interactions between individuals, communities, and the systems and environments in which we live

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