Renaissance and 17th-century Literature: 17th Century Poetry, Donne to Milton

English 4220/7220
17th Century Poetry: Donne to Milton
Section 1
David Read
Tuesday
Thursday
12:30-1:45

This class will survey the rich and influential history of poetry of the first sixty years of the seventeenth century, a time of intense interest in and controversy over questions of religion, politics, science, and selfhood, marked by complex encounters between very old ideas and very new ones. We will study poems by Aemilia Lanyer, John Donne, Ben Jonson, George Herbert, Robert Herrick, Lady Mary Wroth, Richard Crashaw, and Henry Vaughan, among others--poems that still speak vividly to both readers and writers in the twenty-first century. Our textbook will be Seventeenth-Century British Poetry 1603-1660, ed. John P. Rumrich and Gregory Chapman (Norton 2006). Classwork will typically include several unit tests and two five-to-seven page papers.