SoSe 16: PS-Surveying English Literatures II: 18th-Century Poetry
This class is designed to introduce students to the major forms and themes of eighteenth-century poetry and provide an overview of the genre’s evolution between the Glorious and the French ... Lesen Sie weiter
This class is designed to introduce students to the major forms and themes of eighteenth-century poetry and provide an overview of the genre’s evolution between the Glorious and the French Revolution. We will begin by reading the earlier, neo-classicist “Augustan” writers (Anne Finch, Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, Mary Montagu, James Thomson), then move on to the mid-century group of “Graveyard poets” (Thomas Gray, William Collins, Thomas Warton, Oliver Goldsmith) and close with the proto-romantic work of Anna Laetitia Barbauld. Topics to be explored include the relationship between reason and sentiment, private and public sphere as well as urbanity and nature. In addition, the satire and the ode will be discussed as the two major forms of writing poetry during the eighteenth century. All the while, we will practice basic skills and methods of interpreting lyrical texts. The primary texts are complemented by a selection of criticism and theory.
Participants will have to meet the standard requirements: regular attendance, response papers and a short presentation are obligatory, full credits can be obtained by submitting a term paper.
A reading list will be distributed at the beginning of the term. Eighteenth-Century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology (3rd ed., ed. David Fairer and Christine Gerrard) contains all the poems discussed in class, but is not a compulsory purchase.