ENG L317/B627: Seventeenth-Century English Poetry

ENG L317/B627: Seventeenth-Century English Poetry

Dr. M. L. Stapleton

ENG L317/B627: Seventeenth-Century English Poetry

Fall 2009 TR 1.30-2.45 CM 144

Office: CM 109 Hours: MW 12-3 (and by appointment)



Teskey, ed., Paradise Lost: A Norton Critical Edition (ISBN: 0393924289)

Rumrich and Chaplin, ed., Seventeenth-Century British Poetry: 1603-1660: A Norton Critical Edition (ISBN: 0393979989)

8/27 (R) 9/1 (T) 9/3 (R) Jonson, “On Something That Walks Somewhere”; “On My First Daughter”; “On My First Son”; “Inviting a Friend to Supper”; “Why I Write Not of Love”; “To Penshurst”; “To . . . Shakespeare”

9/8 (T) 9/10 (R) 9/15 (T) Donne, “The Sun Rising”; “The Flea”; “The Apparition”; “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning”; “The Ecstasy”; “Elegy: On His Mistress Going to Bed”; [“At the round earth’s imagined corners”]; [“Death be not proud”]; [“Batter my heart”]; “Good Friday, 1613: Riding Westward”

9/17 (R) 9/22 (T) 9/24 (R) Herbert, “The Altar”; “Redemption”; “Easter [I]”; “Easter-wings” [I]”; “Affliction [I]”; “Jordan [I]”; “Jordan [II]”; “The Collar”; [“Love III”]

9/29 (T) Herrick, “The Argument of His Book”; “Upon the Loss of His Mistress”; “The Vine”; “Dreams”; “Delight in Disorder”; “The Definition of Beauty”; “Corinna’s Gone A-Maying”; “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”; “His Prayer to Ben Jonson”; “The Bad Season Makes the Poet Sad”; “Upon Julia’s Clothes”; “Upon Ben Jonson”

10/1 (R) 10/6 (T) Carew, “Song: Persuasions to Enjoy”; “A Rapture”; Lovelace, “Love Made in the First Age: To Chloris”

10/8 (R) first paper due 10/13 (T) No class 10/15 (R) Marvell, “An Horatian Ode Upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland”; “The Nymph Complaining for the Death of Her Fawn”; “To His Coy Mistress”; “The Definition of Love”

10/20 (T) Midterm exam due Cowley, “Ode: Of Wit”; “Platonic Love”; “Against Fruition”

10/22 (R) Denham, some Coopers Hill; Waller, “The Story of Phoebus and Daphne Applied”; “On a Girdle”; “Song [Go, lovely rose]”

10/27 (T) Philips, entire

10/29 (R) Cavendish, entire

11/3 (T) Lanyer, from Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum

11/5 (R) 11/10 (T) 11/12 (R) 11/17 (T) 11/19 (R) 11/24 (T) second paper due 11/26 (R) no class

12/1 (T) 12/3 (R) 12/8 (T) 12/10 (R) no class Milton, Paradise Lost

12/14 (M) final exam due


1. Attendance: You are allowed five (5) absences for any reason you choose. Students who miss more than this will fail the course, without exception, regardless of circumstances. I do not distinguish between “excused” and “unexcused” absences, nor am I responsible for material that you miss because you are absent. Students who miss the attendance call (the first five minutes of class) will be marked absent; students who get up and leave in the middle of class will be marked absent.

2. Papers are due on the scheduled dates at the beginning of class: 8 October, 24 November. Late papers = 0. No exceptions. These will be short and exercise-like, no longer than 2-3 pp. We’ll begin with assigned topics and go from there. It would be easiest if you could submit these to me in a Word document on email before class so that I could return them to you this way, also.

3. Plagiarism: It should go without saying that students are also expected to do their own work; indebtedness to secondary sources (either printed or electronic) must be clearly indicated so as to avoid plagiarism:

—(piecemeal) using someone else’s words and phrases as if they were your own, not paraphrasing or summarizing properly, even with proper documentation;

—(grotesque) using someone else’s ideas as if they were your own, without proper documentation;

—(more grotesque) allowing someone else to write your paper for you.

4. Exams will be take-home essay, due 20 October and 14 December. Let’s also try submitting these to me on email so that I could return them to you this way.

5. The course grade will be determined by a rough averaging together of your two papers, midterm, and final exam. I reserve the right to take additional factors into account: improvement, class participation (or the extreme lack of it), and, of course, attendance. Grades are not negotiable, personal, or subject to the influence of extracurricular academic factors.

6. Your IPFW email account must be active—this is how I will communicate with you, send handouts, and return graded papers and exams to you.