Course Site Tuesday, 2:00 to 4:00 | Location: Barker 211
Shakespeare’s inventive sonnets; Marvell’s provocative and enigmatic poems; Keats’s revisionary sonnets and Odes; Heaney’s poems of modern Ireland. Lyric genres and subgenres: sonnet, ode, complaint, verse-letter, persona-poem, definition-poem, myths of origin, the lyric narrative, political poetry, etc.
Monday/Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:00 | Location: Emerson 101
A study of poetry as the history and science of feeling: readings in major lyric poems in English. Is lyric poetry autobiographical, and if so, how? What aspects are invented? Problems of invention and execution in a work of art: composition, context, development. The lyric as dramatic speech and as aesthetic experiment.
This course fulfills the requirement that one of the eight General Education courses also engage substantially with Study of the Past.
Each change in period style presents a problem of description to the critic. We consider a wide range of poetic styles, from the court styles of Elizabethan poetry through the verse of W.B. Yeats, inquiring in each case which avenues of description prove productive.
Catalog Number: 48923 | Exam Group: 15, 16 Thursday, 1:00 to 3:00 | Location: Barker Center 269 (Larsen Rm) The poetry of Emily Dickinson, with some attention to the letters. Ways of grouping the poems into sub-groups for purposes of examination. Dickinson from sublime to sardonic, from intellectual to faux-naive “girl.”
Catalog Number: 19069 | Exam Group: 15, 16 Tuesday, 1:00 to 3:00 | Location: Barker Center 114 (Kresge Rm) With Heaney’s death, the canon of his poetry has closed. Using Opened Ground and selections from the later poetry, we will investigate the ways into Heaney’s verse, from the political to the autobiographical to the symbolic.
Catalog Number: 5808 Helen Vendler (University Professor; English) Half course (spring term). M., W., (F.), at 1, and a weekly section to be arranged. EXAM GROUP: 6 A study of poetry as the history and science of feeling: readings in major lyric poems of England and America. Emphasis on problems of invention and execution, and on the poet’s choice of genre, stance, context, and structure. Other topics to be raised include the process of composition, the situating of a poem in its... Read more about Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding 20 (formerly Literature and Arts A-22). Poems, Poets, Poetry
Catalog Number: 47859 Enrollment: Limited to 15. Helen Vendler Half course (spring term). Tu., 1–3. EXAM GROUP: 15, 16 A study of most of the poetry, focusing on influences, genre-changes, poetics, and the Keatsian lexicon.
Catalog Number: 23055 Helen Vendler Half course (fall term). Tu., 1–3. EXAM GROUP: 15, 16 A study of the lyric poetry and some prose by Robert Lowell, emphasizing intellectual, thematic, and generic change.
Catalog Number: 54851 Enrollment: Limited to 27. This course does not fulfill the Shakespeare requirement. Helen Vendler Half course (fall term). W., 1–3. EXAM GROUP: 6, 7 A study of several poets’ uses of the personal and impersonal lyric genres.