ENGL 41701 / 52701: Early Seventeenth-Century English Poetry

Fall 2018 - MW 4.30-5.45 - LA 116

We will read selections from several poets, the non-canonical as well as the traditional, from the reign of James I to slightly after the Restoration (1603-1667). Although we will spend a bit more time on John Donne, Ben Jonson, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell, and John Milton, we will also study Robert Herrick, Thomas Carew, Edmund Waller, Richard Lovelace, Aemilia Lanyer, and Katherine Philips. The last month of the course will be devoted to Paradise Lost. We will investigate trends in seventeenth-century English history: the reigns of James I, Charles I, Charles II, and James II; Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution; religion and society 


Grierson, Metaphysical Lyrics (1921)


Seventeenth-Century Timeline


Grandmother Eve and Prelapsarian Sexuality


Paradise Lost guide


Super-deluxe in medias res chart for Paradise Lost




Syllabus

Laslett Pott, _The Young Royalist_

General Information

Office: LA 105   Hours: please contact me


stapletm@pfw.edu


shakespeareinyourface.blogspot.com


Texts:  Rumrich and Chaplin, eds.,  ed., Seventeenth-Century British Poetry: 1603-1660: A Norton Critical Edition (ISBN: 0393979989) .

Teskey, ed., Paradise Lost: A Norton Critical Edition (ISBN: 0393924289 


20 August

Introductions, Stuarts, neoclassicism, baroque, mannerism, religion

22 August

Ben Jonson, "On Something That Walks Somewhere"; "On My First Daughter"; "On My First Son"; "Inviting a Friend to Supper"; "Why I Write Not of Love"; "To Penshurst"; "Shakespeare"


Puritans (1)

27 August

More Ben


Puritans (2)

29 August

And more Ben still


Gunpowder Plot:

5 September

John Donne, "The Sun Rising";  “The Flea”; “The Apparition”; “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”; “The Ecstasy”; “Elegy: On His Mistress Going to Bed”; [“At the round earth’s imagined corners”]; [“Death be not proud”]; [“Batter my heart”]; “Good Friday, 1613: Riding Westward”  


Assassination of George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham:

Olivia  Boteler Maria, lady in waiting to Henrietta Maria, by Anthony van Dyck

10 September

Donne

12 September

Not done with Donne

17 September

Now we Donne it

19 September

George Herbert, “The Altar”; “Redemption”; “Easter [I]”; “Easter-wings [I]”; “Affliction [I]”; “Jordan [I]”; “Jordan [II]”; “The Collar”; [“Love III”] 

24 September

Second day of George

26 September

And a third day of George

Gerard ter Borch, Portrait of a Young Woman

1 October

Robert Herrick,  “The Argument of His Book”; “Dreams”; “Delight in Disorder”; “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”; “His Prayer to Ben Jonson”; “The Bad  Season Makes the Poet Sad”; “Upon Julia’s Clothes” 

3 October

More Bob



ANALYTICAL ESSAY DUE FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER

8 October

Thomas Carew, "Song: Persuasions to Enjoy"; Richard Lovelace, "Love Made in the First Age: To Chloris"

10 October

Edmund Waller, " “The Story of Phoebus and Daphne Applied”; “Song [Go, lovely rose]” 

17 October

Katherine Philips, "Friendship's Mystery"

22 October

Aemilia Lanyer, from Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum

Charles I, by Anthony van Dyck

24 October

Andrew Marvell, “An Horatian Ode Upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland”; “The Nymph Complaining for the Death of Her Fawn”; “To His Coy Mistress”; “The Definition of Love” 

29 October

Marvell: day two

31 October

And our last non-Miltonic day



FIRST EXAM DUE FRIDAY 2 NOVEMBER

5 November: Guy Fawkes Day

John Milton, Paradise Lost


Book I:

7 November

Paradise Lost


Book 2:


12 November

Paradise Lost


Book 3: 

Portrait of a Bibliophile, Anon.

14 November

Paradise Lost


Book 4

26 November

Paradise Lost


Book 5:

Book 6:

Book 7:

28 November

Paradise Lost


Book 8:

Book 9:

3 December

Paradise Lost


Book 9: 

5 December

Paradise Lost


Book 10:

14 December

SECOND EXAM DUE

COURSE POLICIES

The Cholmondeley Ladies, Anon

ATTENDANCE AND GOOD MANNERS

 You are allowed five (5) absences for any reason you choose. Students who miss more than this will fail the course, without exception, regardless of circumstances. I do not distinguish between “excused” and “unexcused” absences, nor am I responsible for material that you miss because you are absent. Students who miss the attendance call (the first five minutes of class) will be marked absent; students who get up and leave in the middle of class will be marked absent. Please take care of your rest room issues BEFORE class. If you must leave, give us the high sign. 


NOTE: if you signed up for the class, it is understood that you can attend it regardless of family or employment obligations. If you have emergencies, this is why you have absences allowed.

DUE DATES

Your paper and take-home exams are due on the scheduled non-class dates by 9 a.m. via email. Late papers = 0. No exceptions. These will be short, 4-6 pp. for undergrads, 10-15 pp. for grads. Your paper and first exam may be revised after meeting with the instructor in the office and discussing your plans. 

DON'T BE A PLAGIARIST

 

it should go without saying that students are also expected to do their own work; indebtedness to secondary materials (either printed or electronic) must be clearly indicated so as to avoid plagiarism: 

—(piecemeal) using someone else’s words and phrases as if they were your own, not pararphrasing or summarizing properly, even with proper documentation;
—(grotesque) using someone else’s ideas as if they were your own, without proper documentation;
—(more grotesque) allowing someone else to write your paper for you.    

GRADING

 The course grade will be determined by a rough averaging together of your essay on an assigned topic, take-home midterm, and take-home final exam, and the less formal writing I will assign individually for presentational purposes.  I reserve the right to take into additional factors into account; improvement, class participation, and, of course, attendance. Grades are not negotiable, personal, or subject to the influence of extracurricular academic factors. 

COMMUNICATION

 

You may email me at any time. I will usually get back to you quickly: stapletm@pfw.edu

NOTE WELL: 


I always acknowledge an email submission with a reply confirming receipt. If you DON'T hear from me after a reasonable period of time, it means I didn't get the paper. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up in this case, not mine. 

PRESENTATIONS

 Since our class is relatively small, we'll try and run things like a seminar for part of every class period.  I'll be assigning our short  presentation topics ahead of time, or you can volunteer. (They will sharpen your mind, help engage you, and certainly help your grade.)  Usual topics: notable person or event of the era, passage from the night's reading. Before you come to class, you'll write up a brief version of your presentation (one paragraph), including a picture that will help us visualize. And you'll email it to me. I will then post it on my teaching blog, which will be accessible for all to see while you're talking.  

ANALYTICAL ESSAY

Portrait of Anne Wortley, Later Lady Morton, Anon

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Specs


4-5 pp.

reputable sources if you care to use them

due Friday, 5 October, 9 a.m. via email

no late papers


note well: I always acknowledge an email submission. If I DON'T acknowledge after a reasonable period of time, it means I didn't get the paper. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up in this case, not mine. 

FIRST EXAM

St. Paul's Cathedral, Christopher Wren

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Specs


4-5 pp.

reputable sources if you care to use them

due Friday, 2 November, 9 a.m. via email

no late papers


note well: I always acknowledge an email submission. If I DON'T acknowledge after a reasonable period of time, it means I didn't get the paper. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up in this case, not mine. 

SECOND EXAM

Queen's House, Greenwich, Inigo Jones

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Specs


4-5 pp.

no need for secondary materials

due Friday, 14 December, 9 a.m. via email

no late papers

I would rather not have to return these with commentary unless you specifically request it


note well: I always acknowledge an email submission. If I DON'T acknowledge after a reasonable period of time, it means I didn't get the paper. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up in this case, not mine.