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Romantic Poetry: Course Contents (ENG-506)

Romantic poetry is the poetry of the Romantic era, an artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century.

Course Outline

UNIT 1

William Wordsworth

Salient features of Romantic movement

Difference from Classical literary tradition               

Detailed reading and critical discussion of the following poems:

Ode on Intimation to Immortality

Tintern Abbey

 Resolution and Independence 

The Solitary Reaper 

The World is too Much with Us

UNIT 2

Wordsworth’s contribution as a poet

His philosophy of Nature as exemplified in his poems

UNIT 3

S. T. Coleridge as a poet

Detailed reading with critical analysis of the following poems:

Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Christabel

 Kubla Khan

UNIT 4

His treatment of the supernatural showing difference from earlier traditions

UNIT 5

 P.B. Shelley 

Detailed reading with critical analysis of the following poems:

 Adonais

Ode to the West Wind

Course Outline

UNIT 6

Shelley and his critics

UNIT 7

John Keats as a poet                                      

Keats’ Negative capability

Keats’ escapism

UNIT 8

John Keats as a poet                                      

Detailed reading with critical analysis of the following poems:

Ode to a Nightingale

Ode on a Grecian Urn

Ode on Melancholy

Ode to Autumn

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