English 276. Victorian Poetry
Reading poetry can be a thought provoking and richly rewarding experience. This course is designed to enable you to feel confident as you skillfully read and analyze poems. Over the course of the semester, you will receive training on topics such as rhythm and meter, genre, rhyme, syntax, and tone, some of the many tools that make up prosody. Together we will engage in interpretation and analysis of works from the Victorian period (1837-1901), specifically works that focus on the Victorians as everyday people, their concerns about a rapidly changing world, and their interest in both private property (ownership of a house, for instance) and public property (example: the space of the museum). In addition to reading poetic works by Victorian authors, we will also grapple with criticism about poetry (and poets, too) from this period and practice public recitation of poetry. It is my sincere wish that you will fully participate in class and that you will actively engage with the complexities of these very rich works.