British Poetry 1660-1914
This course is a survey of British poetry from the Restoration period to beginning of the 20th century, with an emphasis on the transitions from the neo-classic to romanticism and from romanticism to modernism. We will read poems closely while keeping the larger questions of the changing social functions of poetry in view. Poets will include: Dryden, Rochester, Behn, Pope, Swift, Gray, Barbauld, Wordsworth, Shelley, Coleridge, Byron, the Rossettis, Hopkins, Hardy, Yeats, T.S. Eliot.