18th Century English Poetry (18. sz. angol költészet) in spring 2015
Komáromy Zsolt, Mon 13:00–14:30, R315, host: DES (R338)
3-credit lecture, 30 h/term; strong prereq: BBN-ANG-211 213 215
description & set texts
The aim of this course is to make eighteenth century English poetry less alien and more manageable – perhaps even enjoyable! – for students. Thus, this is not a course in literary history: instead, the classes will focus on genres, verse forms, techniques and idioms characteristic in various stages of eighteenth century English poetry. For this end, we will usually not analyse the entirety of individual poems, but use a sequence of extracts from them, with a focus on characteristic techniques or motifs. One or two poems will be in the centre of attention for each topic. Students will be asked to read some of the works in advance, and we will take a close look at extracts (made available on handouts) from them together, puzzling out the meanings and mechanisms of these works that for the modern reader are often quite difficult. Texts: extracts from the following works: Pope: An Essay on Criticism; Pope: An Epistle to Cobham; Pope: An Epistle to Arbuthnot; Johnson: The Vanity of Human Wishes; Thomson: The Seasons; Collins: Ode on the Poetic Character; Gray: The Progress of Poesy; samples from Ossianic poetry
requirements & assessment
Regular attendance (three absences are allowed, but failing to read assigned texts in advance will also count as absence); participation in class discussions; a home essay at the end of the term of 6-8 pages about an individually chosen eighteenth century poem.