LEARNING OUTCOMES: This module aims to make students aware of the Irish language literary tradition and to sharpen insights into the vibrancy of the Irish language arts sector. Contemporary Irish language poetry and critical analysis of works will be studied. Various public schemes, projects and poetry festivals will be discussed. As a student of applied Irish, each participant will gain an understanding of the value of poetry as a learning resource which enriches language and cultural awareness. Another aim of the course is to improve the student’s critical reflective practice skills. As is typical in applied literary studies, an emphasis will be placed on developing students communicative, questioning, critical, analytical and organisational skills through a variety of communicative tasks and learning activities.
SYLLABUS: Irish poets from 1970 to the present day; Ireland’s contemporary poetry revolution; thematic study of selected poetry – youth, the relationship between young people and adults, sense of place, the representation of the Gaeltacht, the image of Ireland, love and family matters in poetry; cultural issues selected texts – the image of the Gaeltacht and Galltacht, local and national identity, religion and others; literary criticism; contemporary poetry in the media and social media sectors; pedagogical considerations - contemporary poetry as a resource for the language learner; Irish-medium poetry in the public domain: support schemes, community initiatives and projects, and poetry festivals; linguistic registers: interviewing/ presentation skills for the arts sector. [The following poets will on the syllabus: Máire Mhac an tSaoi; Michael Hartnett; Michael Davitt; Liam Ó Muirthile; Gabriel Rosenstock; Ailbhe Ní Ghearrbhuigh; Cathal Ó Searcaigh; Caitríona Ní Chléirchín; Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill Rióna Ní Fhrighil; Biddy Jenkinson; Gréagóir Ó Dúill; Colm Breathnach; Louis de Paor Gearóid Mac Lochlainn. Students will have the opportunity to focus on three poets]