Italian MA

Modern Italian Poetry ITALIAN4010

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The course looks at the works of a selection of poets, illustrating a range of thematic and stylistic approaches to writing poetry. Students will learn to relate the poets and their works to their broader historical and cultural contexts, while exploring the development of different formal and stylistic aspects of the poetry, from the highly lyrical to various forms of experimentalism, realism, etc.


20 1-hour seminars at days and times to be arranged.


Exam (90 minutes) open exam within 24 hours (50%)
ssay (2000 words) (50%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

To introduce students to modern Italian poetry through the work of a selection of poets;
To analyse in detail the poetic language and themes contained in their work;
To relate the works of these poets to their broader historical and cultural contexts.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students should be able to:
Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of the poems covered by the course and their relationship to broader cultural contexts;
Show an understanding of key movements and tendencies in modern Italian poetry;
Demonstrate a thorough familiarity with the background and life's work of the different poets studied;
Engage in detailed and accurate analysis of the poetic texts, both individually and in relation to each other, while discussing their underlying ideas
Be familiar with the main critical works indicated.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.