ENGL317-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Special Topic: Modern Poetry

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course takes a broad view of modern poetry. We begin with a selection of English and American poets identified with literary modernism, before widening our reading to encompass poets of other places and more recent eras who have responded in a variety of ways to modernist forms, techniques and preoccupations.

Learning Outcomes

  • an ability to describe and appreciate the structure and texture of major 20th and 21st century poems as works of verbal art;
  • some understanding of the contexts—economic, linguistic, political, cultural—in and around which poems arise;
  • an understanding of poetic careers, within and across bodies of national literature;
  • familiarity with poetic modes and forms (sonnet, elegy, epigram, tribute, etc) as they have changed over the last hundred years, and as they interact with other kinds of language use;
  • a sense of literary history as it proceeds from movement to movement, generation to generation, so that poets and poems make sense in their own right but also as part of a larger international history.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Any 30 points at 200 level from ENGL, or
any 60 points at 200 level from the Schedule V of the BA.



Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Paul Millar


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Attendance / participation 20%
Close reading of a poem 20% 1200-1500 words
Essay on a poet/theme/or movement 30% 3000 words
Take home test 30%

Textbooks / Resources

Most poems will be available on-line through via quality web resources. Links will be provided in course handouts or via LEARN to all prescribed poems. Additional print texts for supplementary reading will be available via the library.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,641.00

International fee $7,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities .

All ENGL317 Occurrences

  • ENGL317-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023