The subject matter of this course is English poetry from Chaucer to Milton. We will address the central themes of this period-man's connection to God's universe, the morality of patience, the sanctification of custom, the ennobling effects of love, the politics of courtesy. But we will also emphasize matters of poetic craft-meter, genre, stanzaic form. Students will be expected to learn how to scan poetry and become sensitive to the effects of rhythmical variation. Poets we will read are Chaucer, Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare, Donne, Jonson, Marvell, Herbert, and Milton. Two papers, midterm, quizzes, final.