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Lyric Form

ENGL 1800.001
MW 12-1:29pm


This course will examine two lyric forms imported into English: the sonnet, an Italian form introduced into early modern England, and the haiku, a Japanese form first published in English in early twentieth-century America. Our readings will trace the careers of these two wildly popular and persistent forms, from their first renderings into English all the way to the present. We will consider the conventions built into these forms and the extraordinary range of voices they accommodate.

This course entails close, metrical attention and focused response papers.


English Major Requirements
  • Sector 1 Theory and Poetics (AETP)
  • Sector 3 Medieval/Renaissance (AEMR)
  • Sector 4 Long 18th Century (AE18)
  • Sector 5 19th Century (AE19)
  • Sector 6 20th & 21st Centuries (AE20)
English Concentration Attributes
  • Poetry & Poetics Concentration (AEPP)
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