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Approaching poetry

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About Course

Do you want to get more out of your reading of poetry? This course, Approaching poetry, is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in-depth study of literary texts. You will learn about rhythm, alliteration, rhyme, poetic inversion, voice and line lengths and endings. You will examine poems that do not rhyme and learn how to compare and contrast poetry.


What Will You Learn?

  • After studying this course, you should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the role analysis plays in informing appreciation and understanding of poetry
  • Identify and discuss the main analytical concepts used in analysing poetry.

Course Content


1 Approaching poetry

2 Using this course

3 Rhythm

4 Alliteration

5 Rhyme

6 Poetic inversion

7 Poems that don’t rhyme

8 Voice

9 Line lengths and line endings

10 Comparing and contrasting




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