Tentative Syllabus English 3355 Victorian Poetry

Since students will be presenting their projects, after October 1st dates may change, though we will preserve the indicated sequence.

August 22, 2016 Monday

introduction, course assignments and organization; comments on poetry of period; handout for basic metrics; handout Carol Christ essay

August 24, 2016 Wednesday

Discussion of Carol Christ essay; Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “The Cry of the Children”

August 29th, 2016 Monday

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point”

August 31st, 2016 Wednesday

Discussion of Linda Hughes, chapter 1; Alfred Tennyson, “The Lady of Shallot”

First online posting Friday September 2nd, response to Monday August 29th video and class discussion on “The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point”

September 5th, 2016 Monday

Labor Day

September 7th, 2016 Wednesday

Alfred Tennyson, “In Memoriam,” first half

September 12th, 2016 Monday

Alfred Tennyson, “In Memoriam,” second half

September 14th, 2016 Wednesday

Slides of Pre-Raphaelite artists

September 19th, 2016 Monday

Robert Browning, “Fra Lippo Lippi”

September 21st, 2016 Wednesday

Robert Browning, “Fra Lippo Lippi”

2nd online posting due Friday September 23rd

September 26th, 2016 Monday

Augusta Webster, “The Castaway”

September 28th, 2016 Wednesday


Augusta Webster, “The Castaway”

October 3rd, 2016 Monday

------ possible student projects

October 5th, 2016 Wednesday

Christina Rossetti, “Goblin Market”

October 10th, 2016 Monday

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, “Jenny”

October 12th, 2016 Wednesday

William Morris, “The Defence of Guenevere”

3rd online posting due Friday October 14th 

October 17th, 2016 Monday

Slides of William Morris and the Victorian decorative arts

Matthew Arnold, “Dover Beach,” “Isolation: to Marguerite, Continued,” “The Buried Life”

October 19th, 2016 Wednesday

Visit to special collections, viewing of Kelmscott Press books

October 24th, 2016 Monday


 October 28th, 2013 Wednesday

Algernon Swinburne, “Itylus,” “Hymn to Proserpine”

4th online posting due Friday October 29th , response should comment on Kelmscott Press books

 October 31st, 2016 Monday

Matthew Arnold, “Dover Beach,” “Isolation: to Marguerite, Continued,” “The Buried Life”

November 2nd, 2016 Wednesday

Gerard Manley Hopkins, “Spring and Fall,” “The Windhover,” “As Kingfishers Catch Fire,” “Felix Randal”

 5th online posting due November 11th Friday

November 7th, 2016 Monday

Gerard Manley Hopkins, “The Starlight Night,” “Carrion Comfort,” “No Worst, There Is None,” “Binsey Poplars”

November 9th, 2016 Wednesday

Working-class and dialect poems: Samuel Laycock, “The Old Cotton Weaver”; Janet Hamilton, “Oor Location”

Title, bibliography and brief abstract of research paper due

November 14th, 2016 Monday

Rosamund Marriot Watson, “The Ballad of the Bird Bride,” “A Ballad of the Were-Wolf,” “The Open Door”

November 16th, 2016 Wednesday

Selections from A. E. Housman, “A Shopshire Lad”

6th online posting due November 18th Friday

[thanksgiving break November 21st-November 25th]

November 28th, 2016 Monday

------ possible student projects

8 page research essay due.

November 30th, 2016 Wednesday

Thomas Hardy, “The Darkling Thrush,” “Snow in the Suburbs,” “Afterwards” (handout); “Drummer Hodge”

December 5th, 2013 Monday

Oscar Wilde, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol”

December 7th, 2013 Wednesday

Charlotte Mew, “The Trees Are Down,” “The Farmer’s Bride,” “The Cenotaph”

December 12th-13th-14th Monday-Wednesday

Students will summarize their final essay for their fellow students; time of final session to be chosen by class

December 16th, 2016 Friday

final 6 page paper due; final online postings all due (to be gathered in a packet). Please submit assignments in both electronic and printed form.