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Fall 2017
Sep 24, 2017
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ENGL 144 - 19C British Poetry
Using small, paperback editions, we will carefully read major poems by William Wordsworth, John Keats, Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, and Gerard Manley Hopkins.  Class sessions will be discussions of specific texts considered with care. We will be attentive to poems as poems, to their forms, rhythms, sonic music. We will situate them within their historical moment, while at the same time exploring how each writer works within the rich and complex history of European poetic tradition. Students will post discussion questions and topics for each session. They will write short essays in analysis and research for each writer considered. Several times during the semester students will try their hands at writing their own poems adopting the kinds of poetic forms being used by our authors so as to have a brief experience in the kinds of challenges our writers face. Throughout the semester it will be our aim to consider how writing can create moments of thought filled feeling and to discuss why this is important in lived human experience.

Required texts:
William Wordsworth. Selected Poetry. Ed. Gill and Wu. Oxford World's Classics.

John Keats. Selected Poems. Ed. Barnard. Penguin Classics; Revised edition. 

Alfred Tennyson. Selected Poems. Ed. Ricks. Penguin Classics.

Robert Browning. Selected Poems. Ed. Karlin. Penguin Classics.

Gerard Manley Hopkins. Selected Poetry. Ed. Phillips. Oxford World's Classics.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

English Department

Course Attributes:
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Mutual Exclusion:
This course carries a mutual exclusion with the following courses; you may not enroll in it if you have completed any of the following with a passing grade:
ENGL 154

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