Undergraduate Course: Songs of Experience (ENLI10247)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course, will explore a range of poetry from the first half of the seventeenth century, focusing particularly on lyric, epigrammatic and epistolary poetry by John Donne, Ben Jonson, Thomas Carew, Richard Lovelace and Andrew Marvell, though we will also study poems by other poets whose work has been classified as 'metaphysical' or 'cavalier'. The thematic continuity of the course will be provided by a focus on this poetry's worldliness. The late Renaissance in England saw new or renewed attention to secular ways of comprehending the world, ways that troubled but did not displace a theological approach to the comprehension of earthly experience - Bacon's reformed epistemology, the seductions of Epicureanism and Donne's anxious handling of 'new philosophy' are all prominent landmarks in this terrain. Having established an outline of this intellectual framework, the course will examine how it is invoked by the poetics underpinning 'metaphysical' and 'cavalier' poetry. Questions of voice and address, genre, figuration and style will all be explored in this light. The course will also pay particular attention to the thematic handling of erotic love, friendship and nature. Throughout, it will explore the tensions in this worldly poetics between a concern with immanence and the demands of Christian theological doctrine.
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| By the end of this course students will be able to:
- demonstrate a good knowledge of the poetry studied;
- understand and use appropriately the critical vocabulary for analysing lyric, epigrammatic and epistolary poetry from this period;
- explicate and critically assess the notion of ' worldliness' around which the course is organised;
- show an awareness of relevant intellectual and historical contexts;
- critically assess the categories ('metaphysical', 'cavalier') often used to classify the poetry studied;
- demonstrate a familiarity with important critical work on the poetry studied.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Numbers are limited and students taking degrees not involving English or Scottish literature need the written approval of the head of English Literature.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||2 hour seminar per week for 10 weeks.
1 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s): attendance for one hour a week at Autonomous Learning Group at time to be arranged.
|Course organiser||Prof James Loxley
Tel: (0131 6)50 3610
|Course secretary||Ms June Cahongo
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620