Engl 41701 / 52701: early 17th-century english poetry

Fall 2018: TR 4:30-5:45 LA 116

We’ll 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'll spend a bit more time on John Donne, Ben Jonson, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell, and John Milton, we will also study poets such as Robert Herrick, Thomas Carew, Edmund Waller, Richard Lovelace, Aemilia Lanyer, and Katherine Philips. We'll devote the last month of the course to Paradise Lost. We'll  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.


Sir Herbert Grierson, ed. Metaphysical Lyrics and Poems of the Seventeenth Century (1921)


Dr. Johnson, Life of Cowley (1784)


T. S. Eliot, Review of Grierson ["The Metaphysical Poets"] in TLS  1921


Seventeenth-century timeline (BBC)


Paradise Lost guide


Magnificent Paradise Lost in medias res chart


Grandmother Eve and Prelapsarian Sexuality


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"


Clayton: Puritans (1)

27 August

More Ben


Zach: Puritans (2)

29 August

And more Ben still


Tara: masques

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”  


Taylor: Assassination of George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham

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

10 September

Donne


Kyla: Gunpowder Plot

12 September

Not done with Donne


Aurora: "Personal rule" of Charles I

17 September

Now we Donne it


Charles: England and the Thirty Years' War

19 September

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


Scott: Sir Francis Bacon

24 September

Second day of George


Grace: Archbishop William Laud

26 September

And a third day of George


Sarah: Long Parliament

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” 


Gabrielle: Oliver Cromwell

3 October

More Bob


Keller: Pride's Purge



ANALYTICAL ESSAY DUE FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER

8 October

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


Emily:  The Pilgrim’s Progress

10 October

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


 Alexa:  The Commonwealth

17 October

Katherine Philips, "Friendship's Mystery"


Phillip: Lady Anne Clifford

22 October

Aemilia Lanyer, from Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum


Josh: George Monck

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” 


Kristen: Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon

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

PROMPT

  

Read Henry King’s “The Exequy,” which you can access by this link, since the poem is not in your anthology.  Write an analysis and explication of it. Your paper should have a point, an arguable thesis that you keep in sight throughout for the reader’s edification. Avoid summary (simply paraphrasing the poem into your own words) for its own sake.  Concentrate on analysis (why the poet does what he does, not just what it is). Original thinking is key, and gets the nod.


If you are an undergraduate, please do not feel obliged to do library work on the poem, or to surf the internet for bad ideas.  Graduate students should make some attempt to investigate recent criticism on the poem.
And remember: it is plagiarism to use materials that are not your own; online “sources” such as Wikipedia are illegitimate; the rationale for using secondary materials is to show your academic audience that you  have researched your topic thoroughly and that you are making an original contribution to scholarship on the site. 


Here are some things to think about as you begin, but please do not program your paper as a set of answers to these questions:


who is the speaker and what does he want?
what seems to concern him? 

some of the language and metaphor seems odd, but was characteristic of its time. Why did King think it was appropriate to the subject matter?
which passages of the poem seem particularly significant and worthy of analysis? Is there a section of “The Exequy” that really demands significant and detailed treatment? (This is key.)

Send me your paper in a Word document from your email address to mine: stapletm@pfw.edu You can always turn your paper in early. Most of my students do. Late papers will result in an F grade (see syllabus). Last-minute computer problems are no excuse.


SPECS


4-5 pp. for undergraduates, 10-12 pp. for graduate students

reputable sources if you care to use them

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

no late papers


*The grade on your analytical paper is approximate. This means that you may revise once for a better grade. However, you really have to revise the essay, and you must schedule an office conference before you undertake your revision. And that grade is final.  The due date for the revision is any time before the second exam is due, 14 December. 


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

PROMPT

  

Donne, Jonson, Herbert, Herrick, Philips, Lanyer, Marvell: what common field marks do they share to identify them as poets of their time? Or, what one specific thing do they all have in common?

This is a take-home examination. Detail and specificity, as well as adventurous thinking, are definitely prized here. Since this is an exam rather than a formal paper, strict adherence to the conventions and formatting of formal writing are not necessarily required. At the same time, please consult the Writing Papers webpage.

 

SPECS


4-5 pp.  for undergraduates, 10-12 pp. for graduate students 

reputable sources if you care to use them

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

no late papers


 *The grade on your  exam is approximate. This means that you may revise once for a better grade. However, you really have to revise the exam, and you must schedule an office conference before you undertake your revision. And that grade is final.  The due date for the revision is any time before the second exam is due, 14 December. 


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

PROMPT

Your final mission is simple. What is Miltonic? What is characteristic of the author we have been reading and studying for the last month? By which signs and tendencies would you know him? Use short but appropriate quotations from Paradise Lost to make your point. Or, if you feel ambitious, you may use examples from other works of his that you have read.The exam should be typewritten and no shorter or longer than 5 pp. for undergraduates, 8 pp. for graduate students


Because it is not my practice to write comments on final papers and exams, yours will not be returned, unless you really, really, really want it back, with lots of comments. You must request this, however. 


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.