English Poetry Part I

September 13, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Downtown Library Auditorium

Instructor: Jeff Nelson

Through an examination of ten poems with complex metaphors, this class will examine English poetry from its beginnings to the present. Part I (Fall 2021) will cover the Anglo-Saxon and medieval periods, the early and late Renaissance, and the 18th-century. Poems may include Beowulf, “I sing of a maiden,” Wyatt’s “They flee from me,” Donne’s “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning,” and Pope’s “The Rape of the Lock.” Each class will focus on how metaphors work, with the goal of preparing to read a variety of poems.

Part II (Spring 2022) will cover the Romantic, Victorian, Modern and contemporary eras. Part I (Fall 2021) is not a prerequisite for enrollment in or enjoyment of Part II.