ENGL 310
Rebels, Revelers, and Reactionaries: The Poets of the Seventeenth Century Fall 2018
Division I
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The decades following the death of Elizabeth I were period of scandal, schism, dissent and decadence, culminating in a bloody civil war and the beheading of a king. It was, in other words, a ‘world turned upside down’ by every kind of upheaval: in civics, philosophy, politics, religion, and science. It also produced writers of some of England’s finest lyric and satiric poetry, and its greatest epic poet. How the century’s poets successfully dramatized the critical events and feelings in this time of turmoil will be the focus of the course. While primarily a course in close reading, we will nevertheless try to reconstruct the lives and contexts of the writers, and examine some of the critical and theoretical issues involved in contextualizing the poems. Authors will include Donne, Jonson, Lanyer, Herbert, Herrick, the Cavalier Poets, Milton, Marvell, Cavendish, Dryden, and Rochester.
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 1697
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two 8- to 10-page essays and several short writing assignments
Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preferences: English majors
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories A

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