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Fall 2018-2019
* ENG 402 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Forms of Literature - Love Poems

Susan A. Stewart

In this seminar, we will explore the composition and reception of poems to and from lovers and poems "about" love from Ancient Greece to the twentieth-century. Our focus will be upon earlier, paradigm-setting, examples of the form. We will be asking who is talking and who is listening in a love poem, how conventions of love poetry develop and are overturned, and whether or not the concept and expression of love have certain continuities across eras.

Sample reading list:
De Rougement, Love in the Western World
Shakespeare, Sonnets
John Donne, Selected Poems
Plato, The Symposium
E.B. Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese
Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 25 pages of poetry and 25 pages of prose. Written responses and imitations, and a final research paper (15 pp.)

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other information:
We also will consider the connections between themes of love and the poetic genres of the elegy, the blazon, the sonnet sequence, the envoi, the aubade, and the epistolary poem. As background, we will read several important works on the philosophy, psychology, and history, of erotic love. Department Distribution: Theory/Criticism

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20574 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   McCosh Hall   44A   Enrolled:8 Limit:12