ENGLISH 340 - Studies in Poetry
Section: 001 17th Century English Poetry
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course examines the lives and writings of three English poets from the seventeenth century: John Donne, Mary Wroth, and John Milton. For each poet, we will read biographical materials that situate her or him in the rich, exciting, and often dangerous world of England in the late 1500s and early 1600s. That said, we will spend the majority of our time focused on the poetic output of these writers. This means absorbing the wide range of poetic forms employed by John Donne, the remarkably unprecedented sonnet sequence written by Mary Wroth, and the early verse of John Milton. Our course will conclude with a sustained, careful study of Milton's Paradise Lost, one of the more amazing poems written in this, or any, age. Three assigned papers will invite students to think about issues of gender, religion, and politics, and how these—and other—topics overlap one another. There is no midterm in this course, and one of the three papers is in lieu of a final exam. Students should emerge from this class with a massively improved sense of how to read and write about challenging texts, and with a greater awareness of how historical circumstances shape the ways we think about our own bodies and selves.

ENGLISH 340 - Studies in Poetry
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0807117994
The poems of Lady Mary Wroth, Author: edited, with introduction and notes, by Josephine A. Roberts., Publisher: Louisiana State University Press Louisiana 1992
ISBN: 0393333663
John Donne : the reformed soul, Author: John Stubbs., Publisher: W. W. Norton 1st Americ 2008
ISBN: 9780140424409
Selected English poems, Author: John Donne. With an introduction and notes by Ilona Bell, Publisher: Penguin 2006
ISBN: 0745953107
John Milton : a biography, Author: Neil Forsyth., Publisher: Lion 1st ed. 2008
ISBN: 9780393924282
Paradise lost : authoritative text sources and backgrounds criticism, Author: John Milton. Ed. by Gordon Teskey., Publisher: Norton 2005
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