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Lecturer: Dr. Richard
Clarke; E-mail: email@example.com
Tutor: Mr. Martin Alleyne; E-mail:
Prerequisite: A pass in E10A. A pass in E20A Poetry I: Wyatt to Pope
would be welcome but is not mandatory.
In E20A Poetry I: Wyatt to
Pope, students study canonical poetry produced during two of the
earliest historically significant clusters of Anglophone poetry which
occurred in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries: the
Renaissance (c. 1550-1660) and Neo-Classical (1660-1785) periods of
English literary history. The goal of this course E20B Poetry II
is to introduce students to a selection of the most important canonical
poetry drawn from two later historically significant clusters of Anglophone
poetry which occurred in the nineteenth century: the Romantic (1785-1830)
and Victorian (1830-90) periods.
Two compulsory 1-hour lectures per week:
- Lec. 1 Tuesday
4 PM - 5 PM (LR4)
- Lec. 2 Thursday 3 PM
- 4 PM (SLT)
One compulsory 1-hour tutorial, chosen from
- Tut. 1 Thursday 11 AM
- 12 PM (ISR) (Clarke)
- Tut. 2 Monday 4 PM - 5 PM (ASR2) (Alleyne)
- Tut. 3 Tuesday 6 PM - 7 PM (BSR) (Alleyne)
By paying close attention to both its technical characteristics and
themes, that is, form and content, students will be encouraged to
undertake close textual analyses of the poetry in question, to become
familiar with the characteristics of the various poetic genres encountered
(e.g. the ode), as well as to situate the poems in relation to the lives
of the poets involved and, by extension, the main socio-economic,
political and ideological features (class, gender, race, etc. ) of the
socio-historical contexts in which they were produced. Some of the most
important factors that we will consider in this regard for their radical
impact on European consciousness will include the French Revolution, the
Industrial Revolution, the rise of Darwinism (the theory of Evolution),
the apogee of British imperialism and colonialism, 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
- Romantics: William Blake,
William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley,
John Keats, Charlotte Smith, Felicia Hemans, and Laetitia Landon.
- Victorians: Emily Bronte,
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rosetti, Alfred Lord Tennyson,
Robert Browning, and Gerard Manley Hopkins.
We will also take into consideration how the Romantics and their
Victorian successors viewed poetry by examining such seminal theoretical
statements as Wordsworth’s "Preface to Lyrical Ballads,"
Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria, etc. for the light which they
shed upon their poetry.
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