MA in POETRY STUDIES
The Irish Centre for Poetry Studies is now pleased to announce the advent of a unique academic programme at Mater Dei, our new MA in Poetry Studies.
This taught Masters programme enables students to acquire specialised skills in the analysis and appreciation of poetry. It is the only programme of its kind currently being offered in
The programme is of particular use to those aiming to progress to the study of poetry at doctoral level, but it also attracts second-level teachers of English and other subjects who are seeking specialized knowledge and who wish to expand upon their understanding of poetry through lifelong learning.
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Course Content & Academic Structure
MA in Poetry Studies students will be required to complete six of the following taught modules (60 credits):
Single Author Module
Focus for 2010: Elizabeth Bishop
Poetry from 2000-the present
This module explores developments in poetry and criticism over the last ten years, and will focus on how poetry acts as a cultural barometer, manifesting the social, political and metaphysical anxieties and pressures of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Each seminar will focus on a significant collection, sequence or long poem which provides an entry point to the work of an important poet and the debates surrounding his or her work.
Sacred and Profane Lyric
Poetry as Song from Sappho to ACDC
Seminar and Workshop
Analytical & Close
Over the course of 12 2-hour workshops, students will engage with every aspect of poetic form, gaining a thorough grounding in the techniques used to produce poems and the the scholarly discourse which respond to them. Over the course of the academic year, students will be expected to attend the 4 John Devitt Memorial Seminars (2 per semester) and to participate in a conference related to poetry studies.
Poethics: Poetry, Politics and the Civic Space
Philosophical, political and cultural contexts
Beginning from the premise that writing, reading and listening are not ethically or politically neutral activities, this module explores a variety of philosophical, theoretical and poetic texts to investigate the relationship between poets, audiences and civic spaces. Areas that might be covered include: the representation of violence and cruelty in poetry, poetry related to the Holocaust; the relationship between poetic experiment and ethics; philosophical approaches to ethical production of and engagement with poetry; ethical responses to ideology and propaganda; ethics surrounding the study of gender and sexuality; poetic censorship from Ovid's banishment to terrace chants.
Holocaust and Modern Culture
From Ancient Greece to Modernity
This proposes to introduce students to representative examples of verse drama drawn from a wide historical perspective. Students will be made aware of the changing nature of verse drama across the centuries in Europe and factors that influenced these changes, including social, historical, political and literary contexts.
Imaginaries: Poetry and Place
Focus for 2010: Imagining Italy
This module looks at the attachment of poetry to particular geographies, and how those "real" geographies are altered and radicalized through poeticization. For 2010, the proposed focus will be on the poetic mapping of Italy from antiquity to the present.
In addition, students must complete the established ResearchSkills Module, which includes a minor thesis (30 credits).
We schedule classes sensitively to enable an apt life-work balance for our students.
The preparatory work for this project identified a pattern: in Ireland, time dedicated to poetry studies has declined at undergraduate level while it thrives at more advanced (research) levels, and as a corollary, a need exists for a course in poetry and poetics. This pattern appears to hold good internationally. As well as for graduates looking to specialize in poetry research, this degree also aims to appeal to the community of Irish people who have a non-professional interest in poetry, particularly those participating in writing workshops. We want to provide a sense of disciplinary confidence to those who write poetry for pleasure. The abiding popularity of poetry as apt raw material for classroom teaching at all levels is also remarkable, and this programme is attempting to provide specialized knowledge for teachers of English and other subjects at second-level who want to expand upon their understanding of the subject through lifelong learning.
For more details and a copy of our Module Booklet, contact Michael Hinds by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)