I will give you the text of 6 sonnets (2 by Sidney, 4 by Shakespeare) and ask you to explain and compare 2 of them. The 'explanation' should include a structural analysis and a thematic explanation. I have decided not to ask detailed 'knowledge' questions on background, as I first thought. There will be no 'fill in the blanks' questions.
The basic textbooks will be Volume I of The Norton Anthology of English Literature (6th edition), Brother Anthony's Literature in English Society : Volume 2, The Renaissance (Sogang University Press, 1998) and the Norton critical edition of More's Utopia. For online materials see Brother Anthony's list of Renaissance Resources.
Classes on Mondays and Wednesdays will be lectures, the Friday
class will usually be small-group discussions and presentations.
All lectures and class presentations will be given in English.
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Students will prepare scrapbooks or Home Pages on the
At the start of the 4th week, each student
will submit a short paper on Utopia.
(The Page Numbers refer to Br. Anthony's book)
Week 1: Pages 1 - 10 General Introduction. (No class
Week 2: Pages 12 - 21 More's Utopia Books 1 & 2
The causes of crime and the possibility of giving advice to Princes. Voices and models.
Week 3: More's Utopia Book 2
The life of the individual and the strategies of the State. Ideals and limitations.
Week 4: Pages 61 & 75-79 Spenser: Epithalamium;
Pages 86-7, 90-99 Sidney: Astrophel and Stella, Defense of Poesy.
The varieties of love and their poetic representations.
Week 5: Pages 29-39 Early court poetry: Wyatt, Surrey.
Pages 149-162 Elizabethan lyric verse : Campion, Daniel, Drayton, etc.
The combination of poetry and music. Art and nature.
Week 6: Pages 145-8 Shakespeare's Sonnets (No class Wednesday)
Love and its oppositions.
Week 7: Midterm Exams
Week 8: Pages 189-205 Donne: Secular poems (No class Good Friday)
The male's responses to the female. Emotion and epigram.
Week 9: Pages 207-211 Donne: Secular & Religious poems
The human confronts Death and God.
Week 10: Pages 213-4, 223-234 Jonson: Poems (no class Friday)
How unlike Donne? Perfect art? Self-imaging?
Week 11: Page 253-285 Herbert, Herrick, the Cavalier poets
The end of the traditional lyric?
Week 12: (40th Anniversary week) Pages 331-355 Bacon, Sir Thomas Browne, Hobbes
The birthplace of the Modern?
Week 13:Pages 294-301 Marvell
Week 14: Pages 303-313 Milton's early works
The end of the Renaissance, the start of Romanticism?
Week 15: Pages 313-325 Milton: Paradise Lost, Books 1 & 9 (last section)
Satan as hero, human perfection.
Week 16: Exams
If you have questions you may write
to Brother Anthony or visit him in his office (X109)