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ALW240 - Poetry: Making It Strange

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:A Pont
Prerequisite:ALW101 and ALW102

This unit is only available to students enrolled in Faculty of Arts and Education courses and D311, D312, D313, D326, D346, D347, D370, D391

Incompatible with: ALW340
Note: Online teaching methods require internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


Students will discuss a range of published poems to build an understanding of the techniques and styles employed. They will familiarise themselves with a range of traditional and experimental forms and kinds of poetry and will be asked to submit examples of several, including at least two poems in traditional metre and rhyme. Seminar process will usually precede the submission of poems for assessment.


Original poetry portfolio, part 1 (equivalent to 1600 words) 40%; original poetry portfolio, part 2 (equivalent to 1600 words) 40%; essay (800 words) and class participation 20%.

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