By Prof. S P Dhanavel   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 1768
This course on Poetry introduces students to various forms of poetry like tale, ballad, sonnet, lyric, epic, mock epic, satire, elegy, ode, dramatic monologue, free verse, etc., primarily from British poetry historically, also including a few poets from the US and India, with a view to cultivating an imaginative leap through empathy and effective communication in students. Students will learn about different poetic techniques and linguistic devices used by poets to communicate their feelings and thoughts exactly and creatively.

College students and general audience who are interested in poetry reading and writing
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Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 23 Oct 2021 IST
Enrollment Ends : 09 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Introduction and Chaucer
Week 2: Elizabethan Poetry
Week 3: Metaphysical poetry
Week 4: Neo-classical and Pre-Romantic Poetry
Week 5: Romantic Poetry
Week 6: Victorian Poetry
Week 7: Modern Poetry
Week 8: American Poetry
Week 9: Feminist Poetry
Week 10: Contemporary British Poetry
Week 11: Indian Poetry
Week 12: Panel Discussion and Conclusion

Books and references

  • Ferguson, Margaret. et al. eds. 2005. The Norton Anthology of Poetry. 5th ed. Norton, New York.
  • Parthasarathy, R. ed.  2016. Ten Twentieth Century Indian Poets. Oxford U P, New Delhi.

  • Eagleton, Terry. 2007. How to Read a Poem. Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Parini, Jay. 2008. Why Poetry Matters. Yale UP, New Haven.
  • Peck, John. 1988. How to Study a Poet. Macmillan, Basingstoke.
  • Wainright, J. 2004. Poetry Basics. Routledge, London.
  • Wolosky, Shira. 2001. The Art of Poetry: How to Read a Poem. Oxford UP, Oxford.

Instructor bio

Prof. S P Dhanavel

IIT Madras
Professor S P Dhanavel received his PhD on the Poetry of A R Ammons, a 20th century American poet, from Tripura University and published numerous research papers on Ammons. He is also the author of The Indian Imagination of Girish Karnad (2000), English and Communication Skills (2009) English and Soft Skills (2010), English Language Teaching in India (2012), Communication and Soft Skills (2015), Personality Development (2018), and English and Soft Skills Vol.2 (2019). Currently, he teaches courses on Poetry, Communication, and, Literature and Life at IITMadras.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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