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Fall 2017-2018
ENG 563   No Pass/D/Fail

Poetics - Poetic Realism: Episodes, 18th Century to the Present

Frances C. Ferguson

The leading ambition is to track a variety of ways in which poetry tries to capture felt and pressing realities. The course starts with Pope at his most sweeping ("Essay on Man," "Essay on Criticism"), and take up the relationship among psalms, metrical psalms, blank verse, Anna Laetitia Barbauld's metrical prose, and hymns before proceeding to georgics and conversation poems. It concludes with a discussion of first-person lyric and memoir.

Sample reading list:
Alexander Pope, "Essay on Man," "Essay on Criticism"
Edward Young, Conjectures on Original Composition
William Wordsworth/Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads
William Wordsworth, Prelude
Mary Karr, Lit (memoir) and various poems

Requirements/Grading:
Other (See Instructor) - 100%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22552 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   McCosh Hall   40   Enrolled:10 Limit:12