English | Elizabethan Poetry
L309 | 26253 | Kathy Smith

Kathy Smith

9:30a-10:45a TR (30 students) 3 cr. A&H.

This course has two aims: first, to promote an understanding of the
major genres that characterize Elizabethan poetry (introduced by Sir
Philip Sidney in his Defense of Poesy) together with the historical
and cultural contexts that gave rise to them; second, to foster an
appreciation of the values, conventions, and techniques in the
poetry that represents those major genres. To these ends, we will
examine a range of poetry produced during this period within each
major genre, beginning with examples of pastoral poetry and
including examples of mythological poetry, complaints, lyrics
(including various sonnet cycles), and satires, and concluding with
heroic poetry, as exemplified by the first book of Spenser’s Fairie

Because much of the work of this course will be carried on through
class discussion and other class activities, regular attendance and
participation will be required. Also required will be a series of
informal “first pass” writing exercises, two formal papers,
unannounced quizzes, and a final, comprehensive exam.