21L.704 Studies in Poetry: From the Sonneteers to the Metaphysicals

As taught in: Spring 2006

Text from Petrarch Sonnet VII.

Sonnet VII by Francesco Petrarch (1304 - 1374). (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. Shankar Raman

Course Description

This course introduces students to some of the most important practitioners of poetry in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, locating them in their historical and social contexts. We will be emphasizing love poetry or amatory verse, by combining close reading of selected poems with an investigation of the contexts of English verse.