The Poetry of Wordsworth (Wordsworth költészete) in spring 2015
Komáromy Zsolt, Mon 09:00–10:30, R315, host: DES (R338)
3-credit lecture, 30 h/term; strong prereq: BBN-ANG-211 213 215
description & set texts
This course offers an introduction to the poetry of Wordsworth through the discussion of what are regarded some of his most characteristic and well-known poems. However, because Wordsworth’s oeuvre has by today come to be seen through a labyrinth of unpublished and rewritten works, we will also focus on various interrelations among early and late texts, and on the emergence and transformation of some of the central themes of Wordsworth’s long career. Students will thus be offered a survey in what made Wordsworth a central figure of English literary history from his own time until today. Texts: 1. “Salisbury Plain” / “Guilt and Sorrow” 2. “The Ruined Cottage” / The Excursion, Book I: “The Wanderer” 3. “The Thorn” 4. “Tintern Abbey” 5. Lucy poems 7. The Glad Preamble (The Prelude, Book I) 8. The Simplon Pass (The Prelude, Book VI) 9. “Resolution and Independence” 11. “Nuns fret not …”; “Composed upon Westminster Bridge”; “I wandered lonely…”; “To a Butterfly” (“Stay near me..” and “I have watched you…”); “My heart leaps up…” 12. “Ode: Intimations of Immortality …” 13. from The River Duddon sonnets 14. from Yarrow Revisited
requirements & assessment
In the case of the longer poems, and those that we will read in two versions, students will have to write a mini-essay on the contents of the works, or on the differences between their versions. In all cases, students will be required to read all assigned texts for class. Regular attendance and participation in class discussion is also required (three absences are allowed, but failing to read texts or produce mini-essays counts as absence).