Suitable for: Years 11-12
Prerequisites: Poetry for Beginners OR Poetry 2A
Duration: 2 hours a week for 9-10 weeks; 18-20 hours total
Few poets of the twentieth century have been as influential as T.S. Eliot. But if he’s so influential, why is he so hard to read? In this course we will dispel the fog that lingers around Eliot and Modernism. The first half of the course is based on close readings of Eliot’s poetry and writing paragraphs analysing it. The second half of the course is based on essay writing; after considering the ideas of various scholars, students write essays about Eliot’s poetry and its context. Students will also learn about Modernism and how Eliot’s poetry explores its concerns while also giving us an insight into the present day.
Student Writing Outcomes:
- Opinion pieces and partial essays based on the poems read in class;
- Full essays comparing two or more of Eliot’s poems; and
- Full essays discussing Eliot’s poetry in its Modernist context and its reception in the present day.
Student Learning Objectives:
- Reviewing and redrafting essays;
- Analysing poetry within its context;
- Evaluating how Eliot’s poetry can illuminate the present; and
- Responding to literary scholarship and incorporating its ideas into analytical writing.