ENGLISH 040.302  SPRING 2001


Jim English
Email: jenglish@english.upenn.edu
Office: Bennett 308
Hours: Wed 12:30-2:30
Phone: 898-7822


This is a core course for the English major.  Its main purposes are to help you become a better close reader of modern poetry and to guide you in conducting a substantial independent research project culminating in a 20-25 scholarly essay.  We will read poetry and some prose by many of the most canonical British poets of the last 250 years, including Pope, Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, Tennyson, Browning, Christina Rossetti, Yeats, Eliot, Larkin, and Heaney.   We will be placing special emphasis on the poetry of the Romantic period, and on its aesthetic, philosophical, and political legacies among the Victorian and Modernist poets.


Our textbook is the Norton Anthology of Poetry, 4th edition, available at the Penn Book Center, 34th and Sansom Streets.  Many of the poems we are reading are also available online, and links (in red font) will be made to this home page accordingly.  Secondary readings will be distributed in photocopy or online.


This is a discussion-oriented seminar, and students are expected to attend all class meetings and to be well prepared to participate in our discussions.  There will be six brief, unannounced exams during the semester.  These will be designed to test whether you have done the reading with care and attended well to class discussions.  These exams will count 40% of the final grade, with daily attendance and participation counting another 10%.  The remaining half of your final grade will be based on your research paper, which will be submitted in three installments: an initial annotated bibliography, thesis statement, and first paragraph (10%); a finished draft of the complete essay (15%); and a fully revised version of the essay (25%).


1/16        Introduction: Aims and procedures of class.

1/18        Appendix on Versification: Rhythm, Meter, Rhyme, Forms (4 types) in NAP


1/23        Alexander Pope, "Rape of the Lock"
               Oliver Goldsmith, "The Deserted Village"

1/25        Discussion of research papers: topics, timetable, research methods


1/30        Blake, "Holy Thursday" I & II, "The Chimney Sweeper" I and "The Chimney Sweeper" II; The Lamb," "The Little Black Boy," "The Tyger," "London" from Songs of Innocence and of Experience

2/01        Blake, "England, Awake! Awake! Awake!" from Jerusalem


2/06        Wordsworth, "Preface to Lyrical Ballads" (1802) with the Appendix on Poetic Diction
               Wordsworth, "We Are Seven," "A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal"

2/08        Wordsworth, "Tintern Abbey," "Resolution and Independence"


2/13        Wordsworth, "Intimations Ode"; Carroll, "The Aged, Aged Man"

2/15        Coleridge, "Frost at Midnight," "Dejection: An Ode"


2/20        Coleridge, "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," "Kubla Kahn"
                       --DUE: Annotated Bibliography with Thesis Statement and First Paragraph --

2/22        Shelley, "To Wordsworth," "Hymn to Intellectual Beauty," "Mont Blanc"


2/27        Shelley, "England in 1819," "Ode to the West Wind"

3/01        Byron, Don Juan, Canto I


3/06        Keats, "Ode to a Nightingale," "Ode to Melancholy"

3/08        Keats, "Ode to a Grecian Urn,"  "To Autumn"


3/20        Tennyson, "The Lady of Shallot," "The Lotus Eaters"

3/22        Tennyson, from In Memoriam: 1, 2, 11, 50, 121, 130


3/27        R. Browning, "My Last Duchess," "Fra Lippo Lippi,"

3/29        C. Rossetti, "Remember," "In an Artist's Studio," "The Convent Threshold"


4/03        Hardy, "I look into My Glass," "Afterwards," "No Buyers"
                      --DUE: Draft of Research Paper--

4/05        Yeats, "Easter 1916," "The Second Coming"


4/10        Yeats, "Sailing to Byzantium," "Among School Children," "Byzantium"

4/12         Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,"    "The Waste Land"


4/17       Eliot, "The Waste Land"; Levenson, Does The Waste Land Have a Politics?

4/19       Larkin, "Church Going," "Talking in Bed," "Aubade"


4/24       Heaney, "A Ship of Death," A Dream of Jealousy"

4/26       Conclusions