Faculty of Education and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature

Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 338 Modern Poetry and Prose Undergraduate 3 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 5 2 + 1 0

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Ibrahim Murat Öner, Assist. Prof. Dr. I. Murat Oner Ibrahim Murat Öner, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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In this course, students will explore the world of modern English poetry. We will be examining most important poets in English language and their poetry, and more importantly what they have contributed to our understanding of the modern world as it is, and to our cultural contexts. The course is organized to introduce principle elements of poetry as well. The specific emphasis will be given to reading primary texts, secondary texts and class-discussions.

1. To familiarize students with the most prominent poets and their canonical works.
2. To help students develop critical reading skills and acquire analytical approaches to literary texts as cultural artifacts.
3. To help students practice and develop written discourse about literary texts.
4. To help students develop ways of translating old canonical texts into modern cultural practice and understanding.
5. To cultivate a love of reading in students.

  1. Week 1 (20-24 Feb) Introduction of the Course. Poetry as a universal language.
  2. Week 2 (27-03 Feb/Mar) (01 Mar—non-working day). Alfred, Lord Tennyson, William Shakespeare, Wilfred Owen, Robert Hayden, Emily Dickinson.
  3. Week 3 (06-10 Mar) Understanding and appreciation of poetry. Thomas Hardy, Philip Larkin, A. E. Housman, John Donne, Ted Hughes.
  4. Week 4 (13-17 Mar) Denotation & Connotation. Emily Dickinson, William Shakespeare, Ellen Kay, Henry Reed, Langston Hughes, William Wordsworth, Robert Frost, John Donne, Elizabeth Bishop.
  5. Week 5 (20-24 Mar) Imagery. Robert Browning, Gerard Manley Hopkins, William Carlos Williams, Emily Dickinson, Adrienne Rich, Seamus Heaney, Robert Frost, Robert Hayden, John Keats.
  6. Week 6 (27-31 Mar) Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Apostrophe, Metonymy. Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Anne Bradstreet, John Keats, Sylvia Plath, Andrew Marvell.
  7. Week 7 (03-07 Apr) Symbol & Allegory. Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, William Blake, Seamus Heaney, Robert Herrick, George Herbert, Richard Wilbur, Christina Rossetti, Robert Phillips, Billy Collins.
  8. Week 8 (10-14 Apr) Paradox, Overstatement, Understatement & Irony. Countee Cullen, Marge Piercy, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Wordsworth, W. H. Auden, Robert Browning.
  9. Week 9 (17-21 Apr) Midterm Exam
  10. Week 10 (24-28 Apr) Allusion. Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, e. e. cummings, John Milton, Margaret Atwood, T. S. Eliot, William Butler Yeats
  11. Week 11 (03-05 May) (01 Mar—non-working day) Meaning & Idea. A. E. Housman, Robert Frost, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, John Keats, Billy Collins, Rita Dove, William Blake.

  1. Week 12 (08-12 May) Tone. Denise Levertov, Emily Dickinson, Michael Drayton, Billy Collins, William Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, Emily Dickinson.
  2. Week 13 (15-19 May) Musical Devices. Ogden Nash, W. H. Auden, Theodore Roethke, Gerard Manley Hopkins, William Shakespeare, Gwendolyn Brooks, Maya Angelou, Sharon Olds, Emily Dickinson, Mary Oliver, William Stafford, Maura Stanton,
  3. Week 14 (22-26 May) Rhythm & Meter. George Herbert, William Blake, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Lord Byron, Sylvia Plath, Maya Angelou, Linda Pastan, Robert Browning.
  4. Week 15 (29-02 May/June) Sound & Meaning. A. E. Housman, Alexander Pope, Emily Dickinson, Wilfred Owen, Margaret Atwood, Maxine Kumin, Adrienne Rich.


    • Excersises
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Student debates
    • Assignments
    • Use of educational films
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)140
    Term Paper110
    Final Exam150
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
      • •Thomas R. Arp & Greg Johnson. Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound & Sense. Eleventh Edition. Boston: Wadsworth, 2012.
      • •Margaret Ferguson, Mary Jo Salter & Jon Stallworthy. The Norton Anthology of Poetry. Fifth Edition. New York & London: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2005.

      ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
      Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
      Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week) 0
      Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
      Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
      Final Examination(1 week) 0
      Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
      Preparation for Final Examination 0
      Assignment / Homework/ Project 0
      Seminar / Presentation 0
      Total Workload: 0
      ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 0