UCJANGBP38 British Poems for Our Times

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Winter 2023
Extent and Intensity
0/1/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Veronika Nogolová, PhD. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Veronika Nogolová, PhD.
Institute of Foreign Languages - Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Timetable of Seminar Groups
UCJANGBP38/A: Thu 8:05–8:50 M8, V. Nogolová
Completion of courses English Literature 1 and 2.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to introduce the students to contemporary British and Irish poetry in such a way as to enable them to read, interpret and appreciate a wide range of its stylistic and formal features as well as to emotionally, psychologically and intellectually respond to its topical, albeit changing themes. The course will focus on key motives of poems by Adrian Mitchell, Gillian Clarke or Don Paterson. The course will familiarize the students with contemporary poetry in a way that will enable them to take a well-informed part in debates sparked by the readings of the poems.
Learning outcomes
Orientation in contemporary British poetry. The ability to critically interpret the poems.
  • 1. Introduction 2. Adrian Mitchell 3. Tony Harrison 4. Roger McGough 5. Medbh McGuckian 6. Paul Muldoon 7. Jo Shapcott 8. Carol Ann Duffy 9. Kathleen Jamie 10. Simon Armitage 11. Don Paterson 12. Gillian Clarke 13. Summary
  • Brinton, Ian. (2009). Contemporary Poetry: Poets and Poetry since 1990. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Eagleton, Terry. (2007). How to Read a Poem. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Longley, Edna, ed. (2000). The Bloodaxe Book of 20th Century Poetry. Tarset: Bloodaxe. Wheatley, David. (2015). Contemporary British Poetry. London: Palgrave.
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
Oral exam
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2020, Winter 2021, Winter 2022.
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