Reading the Lyric
(Versolvasás) in spring 2015
, Tue 09:00–10:30
lecture, 30 h/term; strong prereq: BBN-ANG-211 213 215
description & set texts
The primary aim of this course is to practise the attentive analysis of lyric poems and thereby gain an understanding of the genre. The list will include poems by Wyatt, Shakespeare, Donne, Herrick, Milton, Marvell, Gray, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Dickinson, Hardy, Yeats, Stevens, Williams, and Auden. We will discuss questions of meaning, form, and voice, and will get acquainted with various lyric modes. We will look at problems of lyric temporality and address, and, on a lighter note, will clarify the distinction between lyric and lyrics. As the secondary aim of the course is to start students reading theory, the poems will be supplemented by thought-provoking theoretical writings, either in whole or in extracts.
requirements & assessment
Assessment is based on active participation in discussions, a short presentation, and a 6-8 page essay. The first draft of the essay must be submitted four weeks before the end of the term and the revised version resubmitted in the last class.