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Major British Poets, 1660-present: Poetry and Painting

ENGL 040.950
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This course will explore the changes that took place in British poetry after the death of Pope: beginning with the poetry of Thomas Gray; moving through major Romantic writers like Blake, Wordsworth, and Shelley; and ending with Victorians Robert Browning, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Christina Rossetti. We will coordinate every reading with visits to London art collections like the Tate and the Royal Academy, to graveyards like Highgate Cemetery, and to bazaars like Bartholomew Fair or the British Museum (Another kind of bazaar). Our goal will be to survey British poetry's changes in connection to other accompanying art forms--landscape, historical, and Pre-Raphaelite painting certainly, but also music and theater as well.