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A survey of canonical poetry written
during the Romantic and Victorian periods, focusing on some of the
following poets: Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Elizabeth
Browning, Robert Browning, Arnold, Christina Rosetti, and Hopkins.
this course, students will be introduced to canonical poetry produced during two significant
phases in the
history of Anglophone literature: the so-called Romantic (1785-1830) and Victorian (1830-90) periods. Some of
the following poets will be studied: Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats,
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Tennyson, Robert Browning, Arnold, Christina Rosetti,
Hardy, Hopkins, and Dunbar.
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
and to become familiar with the characteristics of the various poetic
genres encountered (e.g. the ode).
We shall also strive to situate this poetry in
relation to its socio-historical contexts (e.g. the French Revolution, the
Industrial Revolution, the rise of Darwinism,
European imperialism and colonialism, etc.), the philosophical
frameworks (e.g. German Idealism, nineteenth century materialism and existentialism, the
rise of scientific positivism, etc.), and the dominant theoretical
perspectives (e.g. Romantic notions of self-expression) of the time.
We shall also take into account a
wide range of criticism written on the Romantics and their heirs in order to
explore changes in the ways in
which nineteenth century poetry has been interpreted over the years.
A pass in LITS1001 Introduction to Poetry.
A pass in
LITS2001 Poetry I: Wyatt to
Pope would be welcome but is not mandatory.
Passes in LITS2005
Introduction to Chaucer
and / or LITS2013 Milton
are also useful preparation.
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.