LITT07012 2017 Yeats and Contemporary Irish Poetry

General Details

Full Title
Yeats and Contemporary Irish Poetry
Transcript Title
Yeats & Irish Poetry
80 %
Subject Area
LITT - Literature
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Mr. John Kelleher, Tom Weir, Rhona Trench, Una Mannion
Programme Membership
SG_HWRIT_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Writing and Literature

This module will introduce students to representative Irish poetry since Yeats and the literary theory and criticism relevant to the study of contemporary Irish poetry. The module will include examination of the Irish Literary revival, the relation of poetry to national partition and the civil crisis in Northern Ireland, gender in the poetic tradition, memory studies, post-colonialism, emigration and exile, postmodernism, the Celic Tiger, and post-boom politics in relation to poetic theme and form. The poets we will read include, WB Yeats, Patrick Kavanagh, Thomas Kinsella, John Montague, Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Derek Mahon, Paul Durcan, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Paul Muldoon, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Paula Meehan, Vona Groarke, Medbh McGuckian and other representative poets writing now.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify elements of poetic form particularly in relation to Irish concerns in the modern period


Demonstrate a knowledge of developments in the modern Irish poetic tradition since Yeats and how to read contemporary poetry in relation to historical, political and aesthetic contexts


Explain different theoretical perspectives in relation to contemporary Irish poetry including Postcolonialism, Gender Studies, Memory Studies and Postmodernism


Conduct in-depth analysis on a selected poet or poetic text of the period and present to others


Write a critical essay using textual evidence from both primary and secondary sources and document according to academic conventions

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This is a seminar that uses a variety of teaching and learning strategies to maximise learning opportunities for students including mini-lectures, class discussions, presentations, visiting writers as well as varied media for teaching including video and podcasts.


Module Assessment Strategies

This module is assessed by 100% continuous assessment including a presentation (30%), group creative project (30%) and an essay (40%)

Repeat Assessments

Projects can be repeated should a learner fail continuous assessment

Indicative Syllabus


Introduction to poetic form and ways of reading poetry including verse forms, use of metaphor, symbol, image and sound

Yeats & The Irish Literary Revival

Irish Modernism

The Northern Revival

Poetry and the Postcolonial

Exile, Emigration and Irish poetry

Contemporary Irish writing and postmodernism

Readings of the past in contemporary Irish literature & Memory Studies

The ‘Troubles’ in contemporary Irish writing

Irish writing and the ‘Celtic Tiger’ years


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 presentation Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
2 Creative project Continuous Assessment Group Project 30 % Week 8 1,2,3,4
3 Essay Continuous Assessment Essay 40 % End of Semester 1,2,3,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Seminar Flat Classroom Seminar class 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Boland, Eavan Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Time. Carcanet Press, 1996.


Brown, Terence. Ireland A Social and Cultural History 1922 to 2001. HarperCollins, 2011

Campbell, Matthew. The Cambridge Companion to Contemporary Irish Poetry. Cambridge UP, 2003.

Goodby, John. Irish Poetry since 1950: From Stillness into History. Manchester UP, 2000.

Graham, Colin. Deconstructing Ireland: Identity, Theory, Culture. Edinburgh UP, 2001.

Holdridge, Jefferson and Brian O’Conchubair. Post - Ireland? Essays On Contemporary Irish Poetry. Wake Forest UP, 2017

Hufstader, John. Tongue of Water, Teeth of Stone: Northern Irish Poetry. University of Connecticut, 1999.

Keating, Kenneth. Contemporary Irish Poetry and the Canon.: Critical Limitations and Textual Liberations. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Obert, Julia. Post-Colonial Overtures: The Politics of Sound in Contemporary Northern Irish Poetry. Syracuse UP, 2015.

Smith, Stan. Irish Poetry and the Construction of Modern Identity. Irish Academic Press, 2005.