Sarah Kathryn Moore
Introduces literature from the Age of Shakespeare to the American and French Revolutions, focusing on major works that have shaped the development of literary and intellectual traditions in these centuries. Topics include: The Renaissance, religious and political reforms, exploration and colonialism, vernacular cultures, and scientific thought. Offered: AWSpS.
This course will survey poetry in English from late Middle English lyrics through the early Romantics, including but not limited to Early Modern ballads, metaphysical poetry, Shakespeare's sonnets, and women poets. Students will gain experience in analyzing Early Modern poetry in terms of both form and content.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Some lecture, but this will primarily be a discussion-based course. Course activities may include: scansion, discussion of poetry in thematic terms (religion, the natural world, science, desire) and memorization/performance.
I strongly recommend that you take a composition course before enrolling in this class.
Class assignments and grading
Final grade will be based on participation and a final, 10-15 page paper