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This course provides a thorough grounding in the skills, techniques and tricks a writer needs to transform ideas and material into art. Guided exercises will develop students' perception, observation and research skills. The study of selected poetry, song lyrics and monologues will provide an understanding of fundamental techniques and approaches, as well as inspiration for students' own writing.
This course can be used towards an English major or minor. BA students who major in English would normally take at least two 100-level 15 point ENGL courses (which must include at least one of the following: ENGL117, ENGL102 or ENGL103), at least three 200-level 15 point ENGL courses, and at least two 300-level 30 point ENGL courses. Please see the BA regulations or a student advisor for more information.
A student who attends all classes, does the prescribed background reading, and makes a reasonable effort to complete the in-class exercises, set exercises and other prescribed pieces of work for assessment will understand (and be confident with using) the following concepts and techniques: alliteration, assonance, consonance, onomatopoeia, rhyme (“stressed”, “unstressed”, eye, internal, imperfect/half), figurative language (simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification, synecdoche, metonymy), oxymoron, paradox, syntax, diction, denotation, connotation, atmosphere, tone, point of view, persona, form, structure, stanza, symbolism (conventional, original), foot, rhythm, metre, free verse, blank verse, end-stopped line, run-on line, caesura, repetition, refrain (chorus), allusion (classical, Biblical, historical, literary), intertextuality, and punctuation (for poetry, song lyrics & monologues).Students’ perception and their observational and research skills will also be developed.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Domestic fee $785.00
International fee $3,500.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
Humanities and Creative Arts.