Irish Love Poetry

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 5KS226

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
First cycle
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 18 May 2016
Responsible department
Department of English

Entry requirements

General entry requirements and English 6 or English B

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course students will be able to

  • Identify the main themes, motifs and conventions of the poetry of each of the three literary periods in question (Classical, Post-classical and Modern periods),
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with the cultural background to the composition of the poetry, and an understanding of how this context influenced literary production during different periods,
  • Discuss thematic continuity and change in the love poetry over time,
  • Demonstrate a good ability to ground a literary analysis in the text itself,
  • Show a good ability to present a literary analysis,
  • Show some ability to make use of critical material.


This course provides a survey of the Irish-language love poetry tradition from the thirteenth to twentieth centuries. Using selected examples of poetry from the three main periods in question (1200-1650; 1650-1850; 1900-2000), questions of thematic and stylistic continuity and change within the love poetry tradition will be discussed. The student will acquire a knowledge of the common themes and conventions in the poetic traditions of the Classical, Post-Classical and Modern periods of the Irish language, as well as an understanding of how these themes developed and were re-articulated over time. Introductory use of literary theories and secondary sources is included. All texts are provided in English translation.


Campus course: Group instruction. English is the language of instruction. Instruction may be partly web-based.

Internet-based course: Teaching is done in the the virtual learning environment. A number of on-campus meetings for group instruction may be added.

English is the language of instruction.


Campus course: examination is done in writing as well as by continuous assessment.

Internet-based course: examination is done in writing as well as by continuous assessment.

Grades used are either Fail, Pass, or Pass with Distinction.

Students who do not achieve a passing grade on the regular examination will have another opportunity to take the examination within a reasonable period of time after the regular examination.

Students who fail a certain examination twice have the right upon request, following consultation with the head of department, to have another examiner appointed.

Other directives

If the syllabus or course reading for a component has been changed, students have a right to be examined under the original syllabus and course reading on three occasions during the following three semesters. Normally this right then expires. Otherwise there are no limitations on the number of examination opportunities.

Transitional provisions

For transitional regulations in the case of changes in the syllabus, please contact the student adviser.