November 08, 2005

Poetry and Society: Specific Tips

1. Try to use the passive voice – less of 'I think', 'I am going to' – and more of 'It is suggested by … that…', 'This essay will ….'.

2. Don't generalise unless the point you are making is common sense or generally known. Otherwise you will need to go into more depth – this is where research comes in.

3. Use a referencing system – see the Department of English Undergraduate Handbook p.11.

4. Think more about the effect of meter – James Fenton's An Introduction to English Poetry can help here.

5. Imagine that the reader has never read the poem that you are writing on and that they are ignorant of any knowledge about the Romantics. You have to prove your claims by using textual citation – from the specific poem and from other texts that will support more general points made.

Essay Writing Session

This Friday (Week 7) Dr. Cathia Jenainati is holding two essay writing sessions which will be of great help to all of you in my classes.

10–12 in H545


1–3 in L4 Chemistry

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See this new blog set up to coincide with the symposium, Women Writing Rape: Literary and Theoretical Narratives of Sexual Violence

Practice of Poetry Seminar:

Thursdays 9 – 12 noon in the Mead Gallery, Warwick Art Centre

REMINDER: When bringing poems to be workshopped in class, it would be great to bring extra copies so that we can all see the poem on the page.

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