Poetic Revolutionaries: Milton, Shelley, and Yeats (Három költő-forradalmár: Milton, Shelley és Yeats) in spring 2015
Rutherford James, Thu 15:30–17:00, R423/a, host: DES (R338)
3-credit lecture, 30 h/term; strong prereq: BBN-ANG-211 213 215
description & set texts
In this class, we will look at three poets who were also political radicals, sometimes at great personal cost and even danger to themselves. We will begin by reading John Milton's great epic poem, Paradise Lost, in conjunction with his radical views about sex, divorce, free speech, tyrannicide, and religion. We will then read two poets who were profoundly influenced by Milton, P.B. Shelley and W.B. Yeats. We will look at a series of Shelley's poems in the context of his atheism, libertarianism, and vegetarianism; and we will look at a range of writing by Yeats–including fables, plays, poetry, and prose–in the light of Irish politics and radical mysticism. In the course of our explorations, we will consider the morality of our authors' political views, the nature of their influence upon each other, and the general question of the relation between art and politics.
requirements & assessment
Regular attendance and participation, including the completion of brief, in-class assignments. A final take-home paper (7-8 pages).