ENGL 1011
Literature and Composition II

3.0 Credits


This course is the second part of first-year English and introduces you to poetry and drama. In the first half, the course briefly considers the major features of poetry and then looks closely at how a poem is organized, how thematic patterns emerge, how the work of a specific poet can be characterized according to style, and how specific subjects can be treated in different ways. You will be studying a selection of modern and contemporary poems. In the second half of the course, you will study three plays, each of which introduces an important form of drama. Topics for consideration include dramatic structure, tragedy, comedy, characterization, theme, and expressionist theatre.

Delivery Method

Print or Web, self-paced


English 12 or equivalent.

Recommended Requisites

An English course at the 100-level (such as TRU-OL's ENGL 1001 ) that includes the study of fiction and composition is strongly recommended.


This course satisfies the second half of the introductory English literature and composition requirement for degrees offered through TRU-OL. Students with credit for ENGL 1031 or ENGL 1029 may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for ENGL 1011 may not take ENGL 1061 or SFU's ENGL 199 for further credit in some programs.


The main purposes of ENGL 1011 are to expand your capacity to understand and think analytically about poetry and drama, as well as to further develop your skills in writing critical and interpretive essays on literary works.

More specifically, you should be able to:

  • Identify and explain major styles, components, and techniques of twentieth-century poetry and of a selection of plays, using specific examples from works studied in the course.
  • Identify and discuss literary patterns in a poem or play.
  • Identify and explain the contribution to the work as a whole of important passages selected from the plays and poems studied in this course.
  • With respect to the poetry section of the course (Units 1-4), you should be able to: Explicate poems not included among the selections studied in this course; Evaluate and compare different authorial treatments of particular themes and subjects in poems from the course reading list.
  • With respect to the drama section of the course (Units 5-7), you should be able to: Analyse dramatic structure, characterization, theme, and specific techniques in the plays studied in this course.; Describe the purposes and most common techniques of a range of plays, including tragedy, comedy and expressionist drama.; Move from reading a play to imagining how it might be performed on stage."

Course Outline

English 101 is divided into seven units, to be completed in twelve weeks, with two final weeks allotted for review and preparation for the final exam. A timetable for your study is provided later in this Course Manual.

  • Unit 1 : Introduction to Poetry
  • Unit 2: Understanding and Writing about Poetry
  • Unit 3: Aspects of Style and the Poet's Voice
  • Unit 4 : Subject and Treatment in 20th-Century Poetry
  • Unit 5: Introduction to Drama and Tragedy
  • Unit 6: Comedy in Drama
  • Unit 7: Expressionist Drama

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

  1. Geddes, G. 20th Century Poetry & Poetics. 5th ed. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2006.
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 978-0-915-42209-2
  1. Shakespeare, William. Othello. Signet Classic 2nd Revised ed. Toronto: Penguin Books Canada, 1998.
    Type: Play. ISBN: 0-451-52685-6 / 978-0-451-52685-4
  1. MacDonald, Ann-Marie. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet). First Vintage Canada ed. Toronto: Random House of Canada Limited, 1990.
    Type: Play. ISBN: 978-0-676-97169-9
  1. Ryga, George. The Ecstasy of Rita Joe. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1970.
    Type: Play. ISBN: 978-0-88922-000-3
  1. Abrams, M H. and G Harpham. A Glossary of Literary Terms. 11th ed. Boston: Thomson Wadsworth, 2012.
    Type: Text. ISBN: 978-1-285-46506-7/1-285-46506-7
  1. Rooke, Constance. The Clear Path: A Guide to Writing English Essays. 3rd ed. Toronto: Nelson, 2005.
    Type: Text bundle ISBN: 978-0-17-680378-0 included. [The Clear Path: A Guide to Writing English Essays. 3rd ed. Rooke, Constance. Toronto: Nelson. (2005). Text alone: ISBN: 978-0-17-641561-7]

Audio CD (print-based students only):

  • A compact disk of audio segments supplements the printed commentaries and texts. Produced by the Open Learning Agency.

Additional Requirements

CD player is required for print-based version of this course. Computer with Internet is required for the web-based version of this course. Refer to pages 104-105 or the TRU-OL website.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is by phone if you are taking the print version of the course and through Learning Management System "Mail" tool if you are taking the web version. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.


In order to successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50% on the final mandatory examination and 50% overall. It is strongly recommended that students complete all assignments in order to achieve the learning objectives of the course. The total mark will be determined on the following basis:


Assignment 1: Poetry 10%
Assignment 2: Poetry 15%
Assignment 3: Drama 15%
Assignment 4: Drama 20%
Final Exam * 40%
Total 100%


Assignment 1: Poetry 15%
Assignment 2: Poetry/Drama 15%
Assignment 3: Discussion 10%
Assignment 4: Drama 20%
Final Exam * 40%
Total 100%