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Do you want to get more out of your reading of poetry? This free course, Approaching poetry, is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in-depth study of literary texts. You will learn about rhythm, alliteration, rhyme, poetic inversion, voice and line lengths and endings. You will examine poems that do not rhyme and learn how to compare and contrast poetry.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- demonstrate an awareness of the role analysis plays in informing appreciation and understanding of poetry
- identify and discuss the main analytical concepts used in analysing poetry.
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 Approaching poetry
- 2 Using this course
- 3 Rhythm
- 4 Alliteration
- 5 Rhyme
- 6 Poetic inversion
- 7 Poems that don't rhyme
- 8 Voice
- 9 Line lengths and line endings
- 10 Comparing and contrasting
- Keep on learning
- William Blake's ‘Tyger’ File
- Criticism File
- Natura naturans’ File
- ‘Love From the North’ File
- Keats's ‘Eve of St Agnes. File
- Tennyson's ‘Mariana File
- Robert Browning poems File
- ‘The Idiot Boy’ File
- Brontë's ‘Home’ and Grace Nichols's File
- paying attention to word choice File
- poem File
- poems commemorating deaths. File
- Robert Browning (1812–1889; File
- Robert Browning poem File
- ‘Poem’, by Frank O'Hara File
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