English 28A: Introduction to English Poetry, UC Irvine
Syllabus, Al Drake

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Second-Day Rule Reminder: You must be in class Monday, January 10th. if you want to retain your place on the roster. Otherwise, I must give your spot to someone who wants to add. Even if you do not show up on the second day, you must drop the class with my signature.

Required Texts:

Abrams, M.H. et al. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. 6th edition. Volume 1. New York: Norton, 1993.

Milton, John. Paradise Lost. Ed. Scott Elledge. 2nd edition. New York: Norton, 1993.

Recommended Texts:

Abrams, M.H. A Glossary of Literary Terms. 6th edition. Fort Worth: Harcourt, 1993.

Fussell, Paul. Poetic Meter and Poetic Form. Rev. ed. New York: Random, 1979.

Lanham, Richard. A Handlist of Rhetorical Terms. Rev. ed. Berkeley: UC Press, 1991.

Gibaldi, Joseph, ed. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 4th edition. New York: MLA, 1995.

Reagan, Sally Barr. et al. Writing from A to Z: The Easy-to-Use Reference Handbook. Mountain View: Mayfield, 1994.

Course Readings:

Background for the Poems: Sir Thomas Hoby (Norton pp. 973-988), a translated selection of Castiglione's The Courtier. The Norton "Introductions" to the sixteenth century (395-413) and to the early seventeenth century (1069-79).

Short Poems:

Wyatt. "The Long Love" (440); "Whoso List to Hunt" (441); "They Flee from Me" (443)

Surrey. "Love, That Doth Reign" (451)

Sidney. Sonnets 1 (460); 5 (460); 74 (469)

Shakespeare. Sonnets 15 (810); 30 (812); 129 (820); 138 (821)

Herbert. "Redemption" (1370); "Prayer 1" (1374); "Jordan 1" (1374)

Milton. "When I Consider" (1472); "On the Late Massacre" (1473); "Methought I Saw My Late Espoused Saint . . ." (1473)

Background for Beowulf and Chaucer: Norton "Introduction" to the Middle Ages (1-15).

Longer Texts:

Beowulf. (21-68)

Chaucer. "The General Prologue" (76-100); "The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale" (164-79)

Spenser. The Faerie Queene, Book One. (514-651)

Milton. Paradise Lost. All twelve books. Use the Norton Critical Edition

*Note: The home page image is an inset from Ford Madox Brown's Chaucer at the Court of Edward III. (1851-68)