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y separately published work icon The Puncher & Wattmann Anthology of Australian Poetry John Leonard (editor), Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 Z1674214 2009 anthology poetry (taught in 16 units)


This unit will offer the student the opportunity to develop an existing strength in writing poetry. The work of established writers in the genre will be the starting point for workshops in which students will be able to explore a range of subjects and styles in the development of their own writing. The emphasis in this unit will be free-verse form and contemporary Australian content.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

1. identify formal and structural elements of contemporary poetry, particularly that of free-verse;

2. identify and employ relevant technical elements - in language, form and structure - in the production of original poetry;

3. workshop with peers to develop one another's poetry;

4. write a collection of at least 12 poems, which demonstrate skills gained in the unit; and

5. display an awareness of contemporary Australian poetic practice.


1. Study of selected poems and other relevant texts.

2. Writing poetry which demonstrates skills gained through the workshops.

3. Writing an analytical text, exploring the limits and possibilities of the genre.

4. Workshopping of students' poetry.


Portfolio - Completed poems 60%

Analytical essay 20%

Workshop participation 20%

Supplementary Texts

Adamson, R. (2010). Best new Australian poems 2010. Melbourne: Black Inc.

Eagleton, T. (2007). How to read a poem. Carlton: Blackwell.

Ferguson., et al. (2005). The Norton anthology of poetry. (5th ed.). New York: W.W. Norton.

Harrison, J., & Waterhouse, K. (Eds). (2009). Motherlode: Australian women's poetry 1986 - 2008. Melbourne: Puncher and Wattmann.

Leonard, J. (2001). New music: An anthology of Australian contemporary poetry. NSW, Australia: Five Island Press.

Hirsch, E. (1999). How to read a poem (and fall in love with poetry). Florida, USA: Harcourt.

Koch, K. (1999). Making your own days: The pleasures of reading poetry. NY, USA: Touchstone.

Leonard, J. (Ed.). (1998). Australian verse: An Oxford anthology. Melbourne, Vic: Oxford University Press.

Leonard, J. (Ed.). (2003). Seven centuries of poetry in English. (5th ed.). London, UK: Oxford University Press.

Walker, B. (Ed.). (2002). The writer's reader. A guide to writing fiction and poetry. Rushcutters Bay, NSW: Halstead Press.

Winterson, J. (1996). Art objects: Essays on ecstasy and effrontery. London, UK: Vintage.

Other Details

Offered in: 2011, 2009
Levels: Undergraduate