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Schedule of Assignments and Readings
The current schedule of assignments and readings is reproduced below. The instructor reserves the right to amend this list as necessary by adding, substituting, or removing readings, assignments, conferences, and other course materials. Except where otherwise noted, quizzes take place at the beginning of class on Mondays, and papers are due at the beginning of class on Wednesdays.

Week 1: Introduction
8 & 10 January
Reading Due
– Cleanth Brooks, “What Does Poetry Communicate?” from The Well-Wrought Urn
In Class
– Welcome to ENG 2100: Syllabus and Class Overview
– What is poetry and what is the purpose of poetry?
– Poetics and Prosody

Week 2: Old English
17 January
Reading Due
– Cædmon: “Cædmon’s Hymn”
– Excerpts from Beowulf (ll. 1-455)
– Cynewulf: “The Dream of the Rood”
In Class
– Quiz 1 (on Wednesday)
– Alliterative Verse, Citation Basics
– Summary

– Paraphrase
– Project Overview: Paraphrase

Week 3: Middle English
22 & 24 January
Reading Due
– Excerpts from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Part I, ll. 1-490)
– Excerpts from Stanzaic Morte Arthur (ll. 3168-3573)
– Excerpts from Alliterative Morte Arthure (ll. 4171-end)
– Chaucer: “To Rosemounde”, “Chaucers Wordes unto Adam, His Own Scriveyn”, and “The Complaint of Chaucer to His Purse”
Bedford Glossary: Accentual-Syllabic Verse, Alliteration, Anapest, Caesura, Dactyl, Foot, Iamb, Middle English Period, Medieval, Medieval Romance, Metre, Rhyme Royal, Rhythm, Spondee, Trochee
In Class
– Quiz 2
– Aesthetics, Rhyme, Meter, Stanzas
– Project Overview: Summary
Assignment Due
– Paraphrase

Week 4: Early English Renaissance
29 & 31 January
Reading Due
– Spenser: Excerpts from The Faerie Queene (Canto I)
– Sidney: Excerpts from Astrophil and Stella (Sonnets 1-10)
– Wroth: Excerpts from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus (Sonnets 1-6 and Song 1)
In Class
– Quiz 3
– Metaphor, Interiority
– Workshop: Explication Draft
Assignment Due
– Summary

Week 5: Late English Renaissance
5 & 7 February
Reading Due
– Marlowe: Hero and Leander
– Shakespeare: Sonnets I-XX.
– Donne: Elegies XVIII-XIX.
– IN-TEXT: Donne, “Death Be Not Proud”, p.289.
In Class
– Quiz 4
– Petrarchism, Sonnet Form
– Project Overview: Analysis
– Analysis (vs. Paraphase, Summary, and Explication)

Week 6: The English Revolution
12 & 14 February
Reading Due
– Milton: Excerpts from Paradise Lost (Book I)
– Marvell: “The Nymph complaining for the death of her Faun”, “To his Coy Mistress”, and “The Garden”
– IN-TEXT: Milton, “On the Late Massacre in Piedmont” and “When I consider how my light is spent”, p.620.
In Class
– Quiz 5
– Ode, Epic, Analytical Argument Basics

Week 7: The Enlightenment
19 & 21 February
Reading Due
– Dryden: Astræa Redux
– Pope: Excerpts from The Dunciad
– Goldsmith: The Deserted Village
– IN-TEXT: Pope, from An Essay on Criticism, pp.200-201.
In Class
– Quiz 6
– Reason and Classicism
– Academic Genre Conventions
– Close Reading, Evidence, Support, Explication
Assignment Due
– Analysis Draft

Week 8: Early Romanticism
26 February
(No Class Meeting 28 February — Research Day)
Reading Due
– Blake: “The Ecchoing Green”, “The Lamb”, “The Blossom”, and “Holy Thursday” from Songs of Innocence; “Holy Thursday”, “The Sick Rose”, “The Tyger”, and “The Garden of Love” from Songs of Experience
– Burns: “To a Mouse” and “To a Louse” from Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect
– Wordsworth: “Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey”
– Coleridge: “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”
– IN-TEXT: Wordsworth, “A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal”, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”, “It Is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free”, “The Solitary Reaper” and “Mutability”, pp.635-637.
In Class
– Quiz 7
– Romanticism, Poetic Diction, Society

Week 9: Late Romanticism
5 & 7 March
Reading Due
– Byron: “She Walks in Beauty”, “If That High World”, and
“All Is Vanity, Saith the Preacher” from Hebrew Melodies
– Shelley: Adonais
– Keats: “Ode to a Nightingale”, “Ode on a Grecian Urn”, and “Ode on Melancholy” from Lamia, Isabella, &c.
– IN-TEXT: Shelley, “Ozymandias”, p.626.
In Class
– Quiz 8
– Nature
– Aesthetics and Formalism
– Academic Research, Part 1 (Finding Sources)
Assignment Due
– Analysis

No Class Meeting: 12 & 14 March — Spring Holiday

Week 10: Early Victorian/Antebellum America
19 & 21 March
Reading Due
– Longfellow: “Hiawatha’s Friends” from The Song of Hiawatha
– Poe: “Dream-Land”, “The Bells”, and “Annabel Lee”
– Tennyson: “The Passing of Arthur” from Idylls of the King
– Browning: “Evelyn Hope” and “My Last Duchess”
– Lear: “At Dingle Bank”, “Mrs. Jaypher”, Limericks from The Book of Nonsense, “The Owl and the Pussy-cat”, “The Jumblies”, “The Dong with a Luminous Nose”, and “The Quangle Wangle’s Hat”
– Whitman: Excerpts from Song of Myself
– IN-TEXT: Tennyson, “The Charge of the Light Brigade”, pp.230-232.
In Class
– Quiz 9
– Gravity and Humour, Children’s Verse, Heroism
– Academic Research, Part 2 (Evaluating Sources)
– Project Overview: Research Proposal

Week 11: Late Victorian/Civil War & Reconstruction America
26 & 28 March
Reading Due
– Melville: “The Portent” and “Stonewall Jackson” from Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War
– Dickinson: “I Felt a Funeral in My Brain” and “Because I Could Not Stop for Death”
– Carroll: “You Are Old, Father William”, “Jabberwocky”, and “The Walrus and the Carpenter”
– Stevenson: Excerpts from Songs of Travel and Other Verses
– Yeats: “Sailing to Byzantium” from The Tower
– Kipling: “If”
– IN-TEXT: Dickinson, “Success is counted sweetest” and “Water, is taught by thirst,” p.312.
In Class
– Quiz 10
– Imperialism and Travel
– Academic Research, Part 3 (Using Sources)
– Project Overview: Annotated Bibliography
Assignment Due
– Research Proposal

Week 12: Fin de Siecle
2 & 4 April
Reading Due
– S. Crane: Excerpts from War Is Kind
– Frost: “My November Guest”, “Home Burial”, “The Road Not Taken”, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, “The Need of Being Versed in Country Things”, “Acquainted with the Night”, and “The Gift Outright”
– Masefield: “Sea-Fever”
– Stevens: “The Emperor of Ice-Cream”, “Tea at the Palaz of Hoon”, “Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock”, and “Anecdote of the Jar” from Harmonium
– Gibran: “On Love”, “On Beauty”, and “On Death” from The Prophet
– Williams: “The Red Wheelbarrow”, “This Is Just to Say”, and “War, the Destroyer!”
– IN-TEXT: Frost, “An Old Man’s Winter Night”, p.368.
In Class
– Quiz 11
– Language, Imagism, Prose Poetry
– Project Overview: Final Paper
Assignment Due
– Annotated Bibliography

Week 13: The Great War
9 April (No Class Meeting: 11 April — Research Day)
Reading Due
– Stein: “A Purse”, “A Fire”, and “Book” from Tender Buttons
– Joyce: “A Prayer” from Poems Penyeach
– Lawrence: “Only Man” and “Kissing and Horrid Strife” from Last Poems
– Pound: “In a Station at the Metro”, “The Return” from Ripostes, and “XVI” from The Cantos
– Eliot: “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and The Waste Land
– Tolkien: Excerpts from The Lay of Beleriand
– Millay: Sonnet XLI (“I, being born a woman and distressed”) from The Harp-Weaver and Other Poems
– Owen: “Dulce et Decorum Est” from War Poems
– IN-TEXT: Millay, “I will put Chaos into fourteen lines”, p.242.
In Class
– Quiz 12
– War, Realism, Fantasy

Week 14: The Second World War
16 April (No Class Meeting: 18 April — Conference Day)
Reading Due
– Cummings: XXX (“i sing of Olaf glad and big”) from W [ViVa]
– Graves: “A Dead Boche” from Goliath and David
– H. Crane: “Voyages” from White Buildings
– Hughes: “I, Too”
– Auden: IX (“Funeral Blues”) from “Twelve Songs”, and “The Shield of Achilles”
– Roethke: “My Papa’s Waltz” and “Dolor” from The Lost Son and Other Poems
– Thomas: “And Death Shall Have No Dominion” and “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”
– IN-TEXT: Roethke, “Root Cellar”, p.109.
In Class
– Quiz 13
– Modernism, Introspection, Politics
Assignment Due
– Final Paper Draft

Week 15: The Post-War Years
23 April
Reading Due
– Larkin: “Toads” from The Less Deserted, “Days” and “MCMXIV” from The Whitsun Weddings, “This Be the Verse” and “Annus Mirabilis” from High Windows, and “Aubade”.
– O’Hara: “Why I Am Not a Painter”
– Ginsberg: “Howl” from Howl and Other Poems
– Ashbery: “Voyage in the Blue” from Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror
– Plath: “Daddy” and “Lady Lazarus” from Ariel
– Momaday: “The Delight Song of Tsoai-talee” and “The Monoliths” from Angle of Geese, and “Rings of Bone” from In the Presence of the Sun
– IN-TEXT: Larkin, “A Study of Reading Habits”, p.33.
In Class
– Quiz 14
– Modernism and Post-Modernism, Sex, Death, Cultural Reclamation
– What is poetry and what is the purpose of poetry?

Final Project Due Date: 10:00 (A.M.), Friday 27 April

 

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