ENGL428C - Seminar in Language and Literature; Anglo-American Poetry, Romantics through the 20th Century

This seminar focuses on close and contextual readings of poems by English and American Romantics, beginning with William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and John Keats, moving through Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, and ending with moderns such as W. B. Yeats, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, T. S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Yusef Komunyakaa. We will examine what Romanticism is and how it became Modernism. Students will prepare readings of at least one poem each for class discussion and will complete four short analytical papers of 4-5 pages each. The required text is The Norton Anthology of Poetry, 5th Edition. 


Junior standing. For ENGL majors only. Repeatable to 9 Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Course intended primarily for students in English Honors Program. English majors with strong academic records may also apply. Permission from the Director of Honors required.