December 05, 2005

Poetry and Society: Spring Term Course Outline: Victorian Poetry

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL OF THE READING IS IN YOUR ANTHOLOGY: Thomas J. Collins and Vivienne J. Rundle, ed., The Broadview Anthology of Victorian Poetry and Poetic Theory, Concise Edition (Broadview, 2000); ISBN 155111366X.

Week 1:Seminar: Tennyson: ‘The Lady of Shalott’, ‘Mariana’. John Stuart Mill’s essay ‘What is Poetry?’ and Arthur Henry Hallam’s ‘On Some of the Characteristics of Modern Poetry’.
Lecture:Victorian Poetry (Emma Francis)

Week 2:Seminar:Letitia Landon (LEL): ‘The Improvisatrice (I am a daughter of that land)’, ‘Sappho’s Song’, ‘The Nameless Grave’. Also her essay ‘On the Ancient and Modern Influence of Poetry’.
Lecture:Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Emma Francis)

Week 3:Seminar:Matthew Arnold: ‘Dover Beach’ and ‘The Buried Life’. Also Arnold’s ‘Preface to the First Edition of Poems’ and ‘The Function of Criticism at the Present Time’.
Lecture:Tennyson and Arnold (Emma Francis)

Week 4:Seminar:Tennyson: ‘Break, break, break’, ‘The Kraken’In Memoriam. Also William Johnson Fox’s essay ‘Tennyson: Poems Chiefly Lyrical 1830’.
Lecture:Tennyson, In Memoriam (Emma Mason)

Week 5:Seminar:Elizabeth Barrett Browning: ‘Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point’ and ‘A Musical Instrument’. Robert rowning: ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ and ‘My Last Duchess’.
Lecture:Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning (Emma Francis)

Week 6:Reading Week – No seminar. No lecture.

Week 7:Seminar:D.G. Rossetti: ‘Jenny’ and ‘Willowwood’ (sonnets xlix, 1, li, lii), his essay ‘The Stealthy School of Criticism’ and Robert Buchanan’s essay ‘The Fleshly School of Poetry: Mr. D.G. Rossetti’. Christina Rossetti: ‘Goblin Market’.
Lecture:‘Goblin Market’ and ‘Jenny’ (Emma Francis)

Week 8:Seminar:Christina Rossetti: ‘After Death’, ‘Echo’, ‘In an Artist’s Studio’, ‘A Better Ressurection’.
Lecture:Christina Rossetti (Emma Francis)

Week 9: Seminar:Gerard Manley Hopkins: ‘God’s Grandeur’, ‘The Windhover’, ‘As kingfishers catch fire’. Also his ‘Author’s Preface’.
Lecture:Hopkins (Emma Mason)

Week 10:Seminar:Swinburne: ‘Anactoria’, ‘The Garden of Proserpine’. Also his essay ‘Under the Microscope’.
Lecture:Swinburne (Jonathan Bate)

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