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Classical Poetry 1300-1800: Course Outline ENG-503

Classical poetry is poetry rooted in Classicism, which emphasizes simplicity and clarity while limiting the display of emotion.

Course Contents


Prologue : its detailed reading with critical analysis

Chaucer’s characters as individuals and types

Realism in Chaucer

Chaucer’s Prologue as a cross-section of society

Female characters


Chaucerian language

Ecclesiastical characters

UNIT 3         

Love poems and Divine Poems by John Donne: its detailed reading with critical analysis

(Selections from Grierson’s Metaphysical poetry)

UNIT 4       

 Introduction to Metaphysical poetry

John Donne as a love poet

Imagery in John Donne’s poetry

UNIT 5       

Unification of sensibility

Dramatic quality of Donne’s poetry

UNIT 6       

Paradise Lost BK I : its detailed reading with critical analysis

Socio-political background to the composition of Paradise Lost

Milton’s life and poetry

Discussion of Milton’s endeavor to justify the ways of God to men

Satan as the hero of Paradise Lost

UNIT 7       

Biblical and historical allusions in Paradise Lost


Powerful speeches of Satan


The Rape of The Lock : its detailed reading with critical analysis

Ethos of the Eighteenth century

The Rape of the Lock as a social satire

Achievements and limitations of the century

The Rape of the Lock as a mock epic poem

Significant character sketches

The use of machinery in The Rape of the Lock

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