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Major British Poets 1660-Present

ENGL 202.910
instructor(s):
MTWR 2:40-4:15

Lepers, Revolutionaries, and Drunkards:  The Alienated Poet and His
Landscapes
 
 Much of the canonical poetry of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
 has adopted the voice of "the outsider," proclaiming an
 essential difference or distance from society in order to criticize it.
 This class will attempt to chart the development of this foreign or
 revolutionary voice as a source of poetic authority. We will also examine
 various poetic critiques of this alienated, often romanticized, voice.
 Finally, we will attempt to relate this figure to the landscape we see
 through its (usually his) eyes. Landscape in poetry from these periods,
 and our own, functions as a metaphor of both nation and body; the city
 or country seen through an alienated poetic vision often reveals cultural
 conflicts around the issues of both sexual and political identity. The
 poets we will study include Andrew Marvell, Anne Finch, Jonathan Swift,
 Coleridge, Wordsworth, Whitman, Dickinson, Bronte, Yeats, Rimbaud, and
 Rainer Maria Rilke. Poets writing in a language other than English will be
 read in translation.
 
 
 Requirements for this course include several short paragraphs for
 instigating class discussion; three short analytical papers; one longer
 research paper; and active participation both in class and on the class
 listserv.
 
 Note:  English 202 is required of most majors. Students may alternatively
 take TWO courses in British poetry covering two periods covered by 202.