British and Irish Poetry, 1688-1832

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This module explores the diverse literary forms and genres used by many of the most inventive poets of the long eighteenth century.

It offers students a chance to make broad connections across the Augustan, Romantic, and early Victorian periods while also attending to the unique achievements of some of the greatest poets ever produced in the UK and Ireland.



Coursework makes up 100% of the assessment, as follows:

  • a 'close reading' exercise of approx. 2,000 words (20%)
  • a reading journal comprising short weekly extracts (20%)
  • a research essay of not more than 5,000 words (60%)  

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • the principal British and Irish poets of the long eighteenth century;
  • the diverse poetic forms and genres of the Augustan, Romantic, and early Victorian periods;
  • the ways in which poetry reflects and questions contemporary social concerns and historical events;


Dr Daniel Cook


The course will be run by a fortnightly two-hour seminar, with the support of an office hour.