This course offers in–depth look at the poetry and criticism produced in England from the beginning of the French Revolution (1789) through the end of the Napoleonic wars (1815). Our central focus will be the great landmark text of Romantic poetry: Lyrical Ballads, an anonymously–published and experimental collaboration between William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge that went on to become a manifesto of sorts for a new type of poetry. As we look into the friendship, collaboration, rivalry, and eventual falling out of Wordsworth and Coleridge, we will consider the place of Lyrical Ballads in the cultural and historical landscape of England at the turn of the century. Be prepared to read a lot of poetry (including some long poems) and contemporary criticism. Grading will consist of exams, short papers, reading quizzes, and occasional in–class writing. A good grade in this class requires regular attendance and consistent in–class engagement.
Lyrical Ballads, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth: 978–1551116006 (Broadview).
Coleridge's Poetry and Prose, eds. Halmi, Magnuson, and Modiano: 978–0393979046 (Norton).
Wordsworth's Poetry and Prose, ed. Halmi: 978–0393924787 (Norton) (Subject to Change).