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Major Poets

Course Code: ENGL 2314
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: English
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course is a study of representative works of poetry by two or three major poets writing in English, from at least two different periods.

Course Content

Selected literary texts (see sample list).

Selected secondary source materials:

  • autobiographical material
  • biography
  • literary criticism and theory
  • cultural and intellectual history
  • other arts (music, fine arts, film, etc.)

Methods of Instruction

  • lecture/discussion
  • interviews
  • group work
  • instructor feedback on students’ written work

Means of Assessment

A minimum of 15% must be in-class paragraphs or essays.

A minimum of four evaluations, two of which must be academic essays with a combined value of at least 40% of the course grade.

Writing Competency Bar:

A student must achieve a grade of C- or better upon first submission of at least one required essay in order to achieve a grade of better than P in any university-transfer English course.

Learning Outcomes

The successful student should be able to

  1. recognize the significance of the literary and non-literary or cultural context of a work being studied, such as biographical, historical, mythological, and philosophical contexts;
  2. read critically secondary sources, such as criticism and other texts by the same author, as an aid to comprehending the primary text being studied;
  3. read critically and independently works or aspects of works not discussed in class;
  4. discern both continuity and change within the body of poetry written in English; and
  5. formulate a thesis on a given subject in one or more specific works and develop this, using suitable textual evidence.

course prerequisites

Any TWO university-transfer first-year English literature courses, or ONE university-transfer first-year English literature course and ONE university-transfer first-year Creative Writing or English writing course.                          

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.