Have you ever wanted to know more about poetry but didn't know where to start? If so, this lively and accessible course is for you.
Together, we will close read a selection of poems in English from the mid 16th to the late 18th centuries, in relation to their wider contexts and in terms of formal issues such as metaphor, rhyme, metre, rhetorical patterning, and allusion. This course will give you the skills and knowledge to talk confidently about different kinds of poems in different periods, and to participate in some of the serious games that poets play.
We will discuss the following poets: Thomas Wyatt and Sir Philip Sidney; Shakespeare; John Donne; George Herbert and Henry Vaughan; Edmund Spenser and John Milton; Aemilia Lanyer, Ben Jonson and Andrew Marvell; Alexander Pope and William Cowper; and William Blake. The course will offer these poets and their work as a springboard to reading further into different periods, and exploring your own interests.