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The Best of English Poetry: The Nineteenth Century in England and America  

This course is the sixth in a series that, over time, explores English language poetry from Geoffrey Chaucer through Robert Frost. Our guidebook throughout the series is Harold Bloom’s anthology The Best Poems of the English Language (2004, paperback $22.00). In this class, we will study the works of the poets Walter Savage Landor, Thomas Love Peacock, John Clare, George Darley, Thomas Lovell Beddoes, William Cullen Bryant, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Alan Poe, Jones Very, Henry David Thoreau, Julia Ward Howe, and Herman Melville. Presentation of a brief biography and historical context for each poet will be followed by exploration of selected works. Our comprehension of the beauty and wisdom of the poems will deepen through sharing our individual insights into what each work expresses and evokes. You are welcome to join the class even if you did not attend the previous semesters. No prior knowledge of poets or poetry is necessary.


The Best of English Poetry: The Nineteenth Century in England and America
Facilitator: Evelyn Ryan This class is currently in session.
Dates: 10/9/2019 - 11/13/2019 Day of the Week: W
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Number of Sessions: 6
Location: McCormack Hall Room: 418, 1st Floor

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