Throughout their critical study of selected poems by WH Auden, students consider how the elements of the text work together as a whole to create textual integrity. The unit begins by introducing students to the rubric (language) of the syllabus and connects these to the selected poems by WH Auden. Students will develop informed personal responses about issues of representation and analyse the relationship between social purpose and form. Students will consider Auden’s personal context, key concepts such as power, authority and the role of the individual. Students will analyse how texts represent individual, shared or competing political perspectives, ideas, events or situations and analyse the impact political acts like ‘writing’ may have on individual lives or society more broadly. Other elements such as structure, key ideas and concepts are also addressed. Students will develop their thesis about this and make judgments about how medium of production, textual form and choice of language shape meaning and influence perspectives. Students will also develop skills in writing an essay that explores a critical study of literature.
Students have the opportunity to learn about:
- critically studying a text
- meaning of textual integrity
- WH Auden’s theoretical influences
- WH Auden’s personal context and how this has influenced his work
- distinct qualities of the text in terms of construction, content and language
- critically and imaginatively explore distinctive qualities and ideas explored in WH Auden’s poetry.
Students have the opportunity to learn to:
- prepare for final examinations
- analyse how the selected poems by WH Auden work together as a whole to represent textual integrity
- practise identifying theoretical influences in WH Auden’s poetry
- practise answering examination style questions.