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

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Drop Policy: You may drop by obtaining my signature on a drop card until the end of the second week; after that, you will need to confer with the Course Director.

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. Volumes 1-2. New York: Norton, 1993.

Milton's Comus, Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer, and Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

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:

Always read the Norton "Introductions" to the relevant periods and authors.

Everyman (Anonymous)

King Lear (Shakespeare)

Volpone (Jonson)

Comus (Milton)

She Stoops to Conquer (Goldsmith)

Manfred (Byron)

The Importance of Being Earnest (Wilde)

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Stoppard)