Poetry Writing and Contemporary Poetry

Module code: EN7133

Module co-ordinator: Nick Everett

Students need have no previous experience of writing poetry to enrol on this module.

This module offers an introduction to contemporary poetry for students who would also like to have a go at creative writing. You will discover some of the distinctive challenges that contemporary poets face by writing poems yourself; at the same time, you'll develop your own poetry writing by examining the work of a number of established contemporary figures. 

We will study and compose poems under five headings:

  • An issue (reference)
  • A genre (elegy)
  • A mode (narrative)
  • A subject (landscape)
  • A form (villanelle)

Each teaching session will be both workshop and seminar in which we discuss poems by students and by established poets.


A portfolio of four to six poems written during the module and either a reflective commentary of no more than 2,000 words or an essay of no more than 2,000 words.