Saturday, February 1st

First Novel Report due by noon today, electronic submission


Tuesday, February 4th

Mary Prince, The History of Mary Prince (702-722), and “Mary Prince in Context,” (720-722)

Literary Termsessay, life writing

Amelia Opie, “The Negro Boy’s Tale“, published first in 1802

Title page and illustrated frontispiece to the 1824 edition of “The Negro Boy’s Tale”

Thursday, February 6th

Finish reading “The Age of Romanticism” (LXX-LXXXIV)

Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith, Sonnet I (46), Sonnet XII. Written on the Sea Shore. — October, 1784, “On being cautioned against walking on an headland overlooking the sea, because it was frequented by a lunatic” (48)

Amelia Opie, Ode on the Present Times. 27th January 1795

William Cowper, “The Castaway

Literary terms: lyric poetry, sonnet, ode, stanza

Forms of Lyric Poetry


Tuesday, February 11th / Coleridge, Day One

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, painted by Peter Vandyke, 1795

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Eolian Harp” (558-559),  “Fears in Solitude” (559-562), and “Frost at Midnight” (562-563)

Coleridge’s definition of the Poet:

 “The poet, described in ideal perfection, brings the whole soul of man into activity, with the subordination of its faculties to each other, according to their relative worth and dignity.  He diffuses a tone and spirit of unity that blends and (as it were) fuses, each into each, by that synthetic and magical powers to which we have exclusively appropriated the name of imagination.  This power, first put in action by the will and understanding and retained under their irremissive, though gentle and unnoticed control reveals itself in the balance or reconciliation of opposite or discordant qualities:  of sameness, with difference; of the general, with the concrete; the idea, with the image, the individual, with the representative…and while it blends and harmonizes the natural and the artificial, still subordinates art to nature; the manner to the matter; and our admiration of the poet to our sympathy with the poetry” (Oxford Collected Works 319)

Literary Termslyric poetry, ode

In-Class Writing

How would you characterize Coleridge’s poetic style and technique? In other words, what consistencies did you notice across the three poems read for today. Discuss one commonality across all three poems. Support your assertion with direct evidence from the poems.

Thursday, February 13th / Poetry Day

“Reading Poetry” (1225-1245)

“Poetry both represents and creates emotions in a highly condensed way” (1225)

“a poem is a discourse that is characterized by a heightened attention to language, form, and rhythm, by an expressiveness that works through figurative rather than literal modes, and by a capacity to stimulate our imagination and arouse our feelings” (1225)

How to Analyze Poetry  and The Metrical Foot

List of Literary Terms

Poetry Exercises: Please print up 2 copies. Bring 1 copy in that you have completed and 1 copy that is blank. <Poetry Exercise>


Tuesday, February 18th / Making Lyrical Ballads

William Wordsworth, “Advertisement,” “Goody Blake and Henry Gill” (357-360),  “Lines Written in Early Spring” (363),  “Expostulation and Reply,” “The Tables Turned” and “Lines Written a few miles above Tintern Abbey” (373-377)

Dorothy Wordsworth, “Grasmere — a fragment” and “Thoughts on my Sick-bed” (503-505)

Helpful links: The British Library page on Lyrical Ballads, Lyrical Ballads on Romantic Circles, Wordsworth Trust

A nineteenth-century painting of Tintern Abbey

Literary Terms: ballad, lyric poetry, ode

Forms of Lyric Poetry

Verse forms of the Romantic Era

Thursday, February 20th/ Wordsworth after 1798

Wordsworth, excerpts from Lyrical Ballads, 1800, 1802 (377-385)

“Resolution and Independence” (403-405) and “I wandered lonely as a Cloud” (408-410)


Tuesday, February 25th /  Coleridge, Day Two

Gustav Dore, Illustrations of “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” 1876

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner  (564-575), but look also at excerpt from The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere in Seven Parts from Lyrical Ballads (563-64)

 “Kubla Khan” (589-590)

from Biographia Literaria, Chapters 13, 14, and 17 (599-607) and from Table Talk, on [The Ancient Mariner] (607-608)

Literary Termsballad and ballad stanza

In-Class Writing Assignment: How does Coleridge distinguish his poetry and philosophy of poetry from Wordsworth’s? Support your assertions with direct evidence from at least one poem and one piece of prose in your response.

Thursday, February 27th / Wordsworth and Coleridge: later work

“Wordsworth on Helvellyn,” painted by Benjamin Haydon, 1842

Continue discussion of Coleridge, particularly Biographia Literaria and “Kubla Khan”

W. Wordsworth, Ode [Intimations of Immortality] (411-414)

A sample poetry report: this is pretty much an ideal example of a well-done poetry report. If I were to quibble with anything, it would be that I would have like to see one or two direct quotes supporting the proposed paper topic. I did give it full credit because the idea was otherwise very well developed.




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