ENGLISH 340 - Studies in Poetry
Winter 2018, Section 001 - 17th Century English Poetry
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Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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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
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
1/3/18 - 4/17/18
002 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
1/3/18 - 4/17/18

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