English | Elizabethan Poetry
L309 | 1889 | Smith


1:25p-2:15p MWF (30) 3 cr.

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) 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, an appreciation that may
ultimately enable us to determine each genre's most successful
practitioners. 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, philosophical poetry, various sonnet cycles
and satires, and concluding with heroic poetry, as exemplified,
among other works, by a significant portion of Spenser's FAIRIE
QUEENE.