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British Poetry 1700-1925

ENGL 040.601
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M 6-9

British poetry has been concerned with what John Clare called the "broad landscape varying every hour" for centuries. In this course we will survey the tradition of landscape poetry and also pay particular attention to the ways in which it constructs psychological, as well as, political landscapes. We will chart its topography as it moves from satire and the sublime, through revolution and revelation, to desire and desolation. Immersing ourselves in the pleasures of reading poems closely and speaking poems boldly, we'll focus on works by Jonathan Swift, Anne Finch, Alexander Pope, Thomas Gray, Charlotte Smith, William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats, and John Clare, the Rossetti's, the Brownings, Thomas Hardy, and T.S. Eliot. Coursework will include informal writing assignments, creative exercises, two short papers, a presentation, and a final exam.