ENGL421-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Modern Poetry

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


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.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 17:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00 E6 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Paul Millar


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Seminar attendance and participation 10%
Close reading of a poem 15% 1200-1500 words
Review of a critical article 15% 1200-1500 words
Essay on a poet/theme/or movement 30% 3000-3500 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 $2,046.00

* 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 .

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