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Major British Writers 1350-1660

ENGL 020.302
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MWF 11

A critic once said of Homer's poetry that it feels its way through life as a blind man would run his fingers lovingly over familiar objects. In this section of English 20, we will read poetry in the Homeric way, running our fingers over the contours of poems, developing, I hope, sensitivity to their beauty. The course will concentrate on lyric poetry from 1350 through 1660 with some narrative works. Readings will include the lyrics of Spencer, Sidney, Shakespeare, Donne, Jonson, Herbert, Marvell, Herrick and Milton, as well as some of the longer works of Chaucer, Marlowe, and Shakespeare. Students will be expected to learn how to scan poetry, to become sensitive to rhythmical effects, and to memorize poems.