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In this course,
students study a selection
of the most important poetry produced during two of the earliest,
historically significant clusters of Anglophone poetry: the Renaissance
(c.1550-1660) and the Neo-Classical (c.1660-1785) periods of English literary
history. Students will study selections to be found in The Norton Anthology
of Poetry (with a few additions here and there) by some of the
Wyatt, Philip Sidney, Mary
Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Lady Mary Wroth, Herbert, Marvell, and
Neo-Classical Poetry: Dryden, Pope, Lady Mary
Wortley Montagu, and Phyllis Wheatley
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.
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.
A pass in LITS1001 Introduction to Poetry.
Seminar participation and / or presentation(s)
and / or response(s): 10%
Term paper: 30%
Final examination: 60% (2 questions in 2 hours)
Please note that, whatever the final mark, students must
pass at least one
question in the final exam to pass any course in Literatures in
English. Failures of this sort are denoted by FE ('Failed Exam') on the grade slip.