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E2OA POETRY I: WYATT TO POPE
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Lecturer: Mr. Sam Soyer;
Paying close attention to both its technical characteristics and themes, we will attempt always to understand the poetry in relation to the main socio-economic, political and ideological features of the socio-historical contexts (class, gender, empire, race, etc.) in which it was produced. Some of the most important factors that we will consider in this regard for their radical impact on European consciousness include: early European attempts to explore and colonise foreign lands, the transition from a feudal economy, etc.
Students will study selections to be found in The Norton Anthology of Poetry (with a few additions here and there) by some of the following poets:
We will also take into consideration how writers of these periods viewed poetry and literature by examining such seminal theoretical statements as Sidney's "An Apology for Poetry" or Pope's "An Essay on Criticism" for the light which they shed upon the poetry.
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