This course aims to introduce a wide range of British poetry written between 1700 and the early 20th century. We will attempt to chart poetry's changing cultural position by considering questions of gender, imperialism, urbanization, economics, literary authority, and authorship. This class will be run as a seminar and will require active class participation. The poets we will study include: Anne Finch, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, Thomas Gray, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Charlotte Smith, William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, John Keats, Lord Tennyson, Christina Rossetti, Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning, Thomas Harding, and T.S. Eliot.
Requirements: several short paragraphs for instigating class discussion; three short analytical papers; one longer research paper. Each student must also have an e-mail account.
Note: English 202 is required of most majors. Students may alternatively take TWO courses in British poetry covering two periods covered by 202.