17th-century English Poetry
Brother Anthony (An Sonjae)
Graduate School. Fall Semester 2005

This course will focus on some of the most important English poems written during the 17th century.

The basic textbooks will be Volume I of The Norton Anthology of English Literature (7th edition) and Brother Anthony's Literature in English Society : Volume 2, The Renaissance (Sogang University Press, 1998). Reference should also be made to such general introductions as:

George Parfitt, English Poetry of the 17th Century (Longman)
Graham Parry, The Seventeenth Century: The Intellectual and Cultural Context of English Literature 1603-1700. (Longman)
Thomas N. Corns ed., The Cambridge Companion: Donne to Marvell
Steven N. Zwicker ed., The Cambridge Companion to English Literature 1650 - 1740.

Week 1: General Introduction.
Week 2: John Donne: Secular poems
Week 3: John Donne: Secular poems
Week 4: John Donne: Religious poems.
Week 5: Shakespeare: Sonnets.
Week 6: Ben Jonson: Epigrams and The Forest.
Week 7: George Herbert
Week 8: John Milton's early works : Nativity Ode; Lycidas.
Week 9: John Milton: L'Allegro and Il Penseroso;
Week 10: John Milton: Paradise Lost Book 1
Week 11: John Milton: Paradise Lost (overview)
Week 12: Andrew Marvell
Week 13: Robert Herrick; the cavalier poets; Waller
Week 14:  Vaughan; Abraham Cowley; John Wilmot.
Week 15:John Dryden: Absalom and Achitophel; Mac Flecknoe

Written assignments

Each student will write two papers, one by the end of the 8th week, the other for the end of the semester.
The first will be a broad study of the characteristic features of  the work of  John Donne, compared with the poetry of Ben Jonson.
The second paper will be an in-depth study of either Paradise Lost or the 4 pre-1640 poems of Milton we studied.