Lord Byron in Albanian dress, painted by Thomas Phillips (1813)

Friday, February 2nd

Blake, from Songs of Innocence (Frontispiece Image), Title page for Songs of Innocence, Introduction”,  “The Ecchoing Green” (2 images), “The Lamb,”  “The Chimney Sweeper“, and “Holy Thursday” (Plain text in BABL B: 63, 64, 65, and 66)

from Songs of Innocence and Experience, Title Page,  FrontispieceSongs of Experience title page,  “Introduction,” “Holy Thursday”, “The Chimney Sweeper “, “The Tyger,” and “London” (Plain text  in BABL B: 67,  68, 69, 70)

There are links to the Blake Archive on the website for all of these poems and the plate engravings associated with them. Please see the website for today’s reading. You will also find plain text in the anthology)


Monday, February 5th

First Semester Exam: Description

First Essay: Due Wednesday, February14th

Wednesday, February 7th

Poetry Day:  “Reading Poetry” (BABL B 1612-1639)

“Poetry both represents and creates emotions in a highly condensed way” (1612

“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” (1612)

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>

Friday, February 9th

Coleridge, “The Eolian Harp,” “Frost at Midnight,” and excerpt from Biographia Literaria, Chapter 13,  On the Imagination (BABL B 279-280; 283-284; 311)

Glossary: Dramatic Lyric, Lyric, Blank Verse


Monday, February 12th

Wordsworth, from the Preface to Lyrical Ballads, “Expostulation and Reply,”  and “The Tables Turned”

Two-part in-class writing task:

  1. Provide one example from “Frost at Midnight” where the speaker of the poem employs the secondary imagination to “idealize” and “unify” insights, objects, or memories. Cite by line number.
  2. Cite one passage in which Wordsworth defines either poetry or the poet in his Preface to Lyrical Ballads, the 1798 volume of poetry that he published with Coleridge. 

Wednesday, February 14th

Wordsworth,  “Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey” (BABL B 147-154; 144; 145-147)

In a note attached to “Tintern Abbey” in the second edition of  Lyrical Ballads (1800), Wordsworth wrote that  “I have not ventured to call this Poem an Ode; but it was written with a hope that in the transitions, and in the impassioned music of the versification would be found the principal requisites of that species of composition.”

Glossary:  Personal Lyric, Ballad, Ode, and Blank Verse

Definitions of the Romantic Ballad, Lyric, and Ode

NEW DUE DATE: Take Home Essay Due Today

Friday, February 16th

Wordsworth, “I wandered lonely as a cloud” from 1815 (169-171)

Please look up three words from “I wandered lonely as a cloud”. Use the Oxford English Dictionary (accessible through Galileo). One of the three words must be “host“. Your other two words should be importance to the overall meaning of the poem (i.e. vacant, lonely, bliss). If you access Galileo from off-campus, you’ll need to get the password through your GIL account.


Monday, February 19th

Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and contextual material (BABL B284-294).

Please also look at Part I from the 1798 version, which was titled The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere, in Seven Parts. You’ll find it on the supplementary website along with more of Coleridge’s work.

Wednesday, February 21st / Class cancelled

Friday, February 23rd

Percy Bysshe Shelley, from A Defense of Poetry (BABL B 417-419 [to “advert to this purpose . . . ” in right column] and from 419-421 [beginning with “The function of the poetical faculty are two-fold . . .”]

“Ode to the West Wind”  and “England in 1819” (BABL B  399-400, 413)

Glossary: Sonnet, Ode, and terza rima


Monday, February 26th

Lord Byron, Selections from Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto III, Stanzas 1-28, 68-75, 113-118. (BABL B:  https://sites.broadviewpress.com/bablonline/sample-page-2/concise-volume-b/)

ADDED 2/25: We’ll also be discussing stanzas 89 and 97

Dr. Eberle’s notes on Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

Glossary: Spenserian stanza

Wednesday, February 28th / Please do not miss this class.

First Essays Returned: Writing Workshop

Assignment: Read, Print, Annotate the two documents below and bring to class with you. I updated these documents at
6:33 pm on Tuesday night. Don’t worry if you annotated the earlier versions of these documents.

Writing Guidelines for English 2320

Dr. Eberle’s Powerpoint Presentation on Essay Writing

You should also read over the grading rubric for 2320. I’ve chosen this rubric because it contains the most common expectations among English professors at all levels of the English curriculum.

Link to March schedule