L317 / B627: Early Seventeenth-Century English Poetry

Course Description

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