English 215: Poetry and Belief: Graduate Seminar (New Course)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2013

Investigates the use of vernacular poetry as a vehicle for religious thought 1200-1500, with forays into later periods. How does poetry think, feel, convey, incarnate belief, devotion, skepticism? Is didactic poetry still poetry or only ’verse’ and what would be the difference? Texts: French and English lyrics; Grosseteste’s Chateau d’amour; Pearl, Cleanness, Patience; Langland’s Piers Plowman; Hoccleve’s Series.