English 56. Poets: Lyric and Narrative

Instructor: Andrew Warren
Terms: Spring Term

Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30-11:45 am | Location: TBA

Enrollment: Limited to 27 students.

This course is a general introduction to reading and writing about poetry, with a focus on narrative poetry. We begin with Milton’s epic, Paradise Lost, and then turn to eighteenth-century mock epics and verse narratives by Pope and Swift, and work by the Romantics and Victorians, particularly Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, and Christina Rosetti. The course will end with Byron’s satiric masterstroke, Don Juan, and TS Eliot’s toppled epic, The Waste Land. In between we will look at lyric poems by Percy Shelley, William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Marianne Moore, Langston Hughes, John Ashbery, Elizabeth Bishop, A.R. Ammons, Terrance Hayes, Robyn Schiff, Brenda Shaughnessy, Tommy Pico and Monica Youn.

Note: Be sure to attend first class meeting to be considered for admittance.

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