E 379M • CANCELLED: English Poetry to 1550
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
This course will explore the richness of Medieval and Renaissance English poetry in all its variety and with its many creatures and societies. Emphasis will be given to the texts themselves and to such themes as gender, love, and heroism, along with the historical context from which these poems emerged, including the various meters in which the poets chose to express the extraordinary experiences and fantasies of medieval and post-medieval life. We will read epics, romances, ballads, dream visions, and elegies, and students will engage the poems through varied spoken and written assignments.
Students will maintain an informal writing journal, which will count 25% of the final grade. Students will also be required to memorize 60 lines of poetry, which will count 10% of the final grade. Two short papers, each counting 10% of the final grade, must be submitted; revision of the first is mandatory, of the second encouraged. A final paper will comprise 30% of the grade. The student will lead discussion for one class session, which will count 10%.
Discussion leading: 10%
Writing journal: 30%
Two 2-page papers: 20%
Final 8-10 page paper: 30%
Attendance is required; students are allowed three absences, after which their grade will drop a letter. Tardies will be treated as absences if they occur more than twice.
Old and Middle English c.890-c.1400. Ed. Elaine Treharne. Blackwell, 2004.
Course packet or another textbook TBA.