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Romantic Poetry and Prose

English 308Y, Winter 2016
W 6:00-9:00, IB 240

Professor: Dan White
Office: Erindale Hall 310B
Office Hours: Wednesday 3:00-5:00

Course Focus: This course provides a general survey of the poetry and prose of the British Romantic
period (roughly from 1770 to 1830). You will thus become familiar with the astonishing literary output
of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats, the canonical Romantic poets to whom
we owe many of our assumptions about the nature of poetry, the imagination, and artistic creativity.
The literature of this period, however, also draws our attention to the revolutions that gave birth to our
modern political order, the movement to abolish the slave trade, the advent of feminist thought and the
emergence of women writers as a major cultural force, and the radical experiments with form through
which numerous writers responded to the literary, social, and political developments of their age. We
will explore these aspects of Romantic culture through an intense encounter with both canonical and
non-canonical works, written in a wide range of genres and styles.

Requirements and Grading: Your grade for the term will be divided as follows: three reading quizzes
(January 20, February 24, March 23; 10% each), term paper (draft due March 30, paper due April 4, 1,500
words, 20%). Before writing your paper, please see “Papers: Expectations, Guidelines, Advice, and
Grading” <>. Late papers will be penalized 3% for each
day late, and extensions will only be granted, and make-up quizzes will only be allowed, in documented
cases of illness or emergency. In the event of illness, you must email me in advance of the quiz or due
date of the paper; in the event of an emergency, you must email me immediately (or as soon as possible).

Texts: The following texts have been ordered and are required:

 Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Ed. Susan Wolfson. 2nd ed. New York: Longman, 2006.
 Wolfson, Susan, and Peter Manning, eds. The Romantics and their Contemporaries. Vol. 2A of The
Longman Anthology of British Literature. Gen. ed. David Damrosch and Kevin H. Detmer. 5th ed.
New York: Longman, 2012. (Below, I give page numbers from this anthology parenthetically.)

Study Questions and Online Resources: The “2nd Term Schedule and Documents” section of the
Blackboard portal contains study questions intended to help you with your reading of one or more of the
texts we will be addressing that week. (Each date in the online version of the schedule below is also
linked to the relevant set of study questions.) I strongly recommend that you print out the questions
each week and bring them with you to class. As a major part of your preparation for each of our
meetings, I encourage you to sketch out responses to these questions either in your notes or in the
margins of your texts.

To access some of the following resources from off-campus computers, you will need to log in using your
UTORid and password:

in other words. but unfortunately far too many students at U of T do commit this serious academic offense. from Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1115-42) .writing. from Poetic Meter and Poetic Form (handout / Portal). <http://www. Oxford English Dictionary (“OED”) online  Alan Liu’s “The Voice of the Shuttle: Web Page for Humanities Research” (“Romantics”)  Jack Lynch’s “Literary Resources Page” (“Romantic”)  Representative Poetry Online.utm. Room 390. Should you have logistical questions about the course that are not answered on the syllabus or elsewhere.governingcouncil. I take this offense very seriously.”) Academic Integrity: Most of you would never dream of and in each and every case meaningful sanctions have been imposed. Each term since I arrived here in 2001. E-Culture Policy: If you need to make me aware of an illness or emergency. and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Dedication to Don Juan (782-86) Thomas De Quincey. “On Gusto” (1099-1101).ca/advice/using-sources/how-not-to-plagiarize>. If you do not use your utoronto email account. seminars. Section I. please make sure that emails sent via Blackboard will reach the email address you actually use. please email me. “To Wordsworth” (870-71) George>. “My First Acquaintance with Poets” (1101-1114) Felicia Hemans. And for a definition of plagiarism and a description of the procedure to be followed in the event that I suspect an instance of this offense. 2016. Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre: The Academic Skills Centre (Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre.htm>.utoronto.utoronto. I have encountered at least one or two cases of plagiarism. JANUARY 6 Introduction Reading poetry: Paul Fussell. 905-828-3858) offers a range of workshops. please see Section B of the “University of Toronto Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters”: <http://www. (Contains “A Glossary of Poetic Terms in English Poetry” and “A Time-line of English Poetry 858-1998. Because I will be using Blackboard to communicate with you from time to time. Drop Policy: The last date to withdraw from this course without academic penalty will be February 15. but I will not be able to reply to most other emails. Lord Byron.utoronto. and individual consultations. Ed. Retrospectives WEEK 13. Ian Lancashire. “To the Author of The Excursion and The Lyrical Ballads” (Portal) Percy Bysshe Shelley. please make sure to go into that account and set it to forward to the account that you do use. before emailing me please check with other students to see if the information you seek has been provided in a class that you missed. JANUARY 13 William Hazlitt. “Metrical Feet: Lesson for a Boy” (handout / Portal) WEEK 14. Please review the following site: <http://www.

A “language . or. FEBRUARY 17: READING WEEK WEEK 20.B. Frankenstein. selections from Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. “Ode on a Grecian Urn” (1008-10) . from A Defence of Poetry (919-30).B. “Ode to the West Wind” (889-91) WEEK 18. “So.. MARCH 2 Leight Hunt. Byron and Byronisms WEEK 15. “Ode to a Nightingale” (1006-08). MARCH 9 Keats. JANUARY 27: READING QUIZ 1 Byron. a Dramatic Poem (711-47) Video. from Letter to George and Thomas Keats (“Negative Capability”) (1046-47). JANUARY 20 Byron. The Course of Empire (Portal) WEEK 16. FEBRUARY 10: CLASS MEETS 6:10-7:30 / GUEST LECTURER. On the Cockney School of Poetry (982-87) WEEK 22. Manfred. “Bright Star” (1044-45) WEEK 23. both Portal and 999-1002) John Gibson Lockhart.” including Keats’ “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer” (976-77) John Keats. Shelley.Section II. Keats and Negative Capability WEEK 21. “La belle dame sans merci” (two versions. AMY COTÉ P. “Prometheus” (750-51). a Romaunt (Portal) Thomas Cole. Shelley. Agnes (989-99)..B. The Cenci (Portal) WEEK 19. FEBRUARY 24: READING QUIZ 2 Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley. MARCH 16 Keats. The Eve of St. and Mary Shelley WEEK 17. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte. FEBRUARY 3 P. “On Seeing the Elgin Marbles” (987). “Young Poets. vitally metaphorical”: P. The Modern Prometheus Section V. we’ll go no more a-roving” (711). from Don Giovanni (in class) Section III.

“I Am” (970-71).M. APRIL 4. “Poetry and Reality” WEEK 24. “The Mores” (971-72) WEEK 25. MARCH 23: READING QUIZ 3 Jane Taylor. SECOND-TERM PAPER DUE (1. TWO COPIES) Review “Papers” site: <http://www. 12:00 P.Section X. “The Star” (Portal).500 WORDS) .500 WORDS.utm.htm> Review comments on first-term papers Workshop draft of second-term paper: TWO COPIES of 1. MARCH 30: DRAFT OF TERM PAPER DUE (1. “Recreation” (Portal) John “[The Lament of Swordy Well]” (965-69).500 word draft required MONDAY.. “Poetry and Reality” (Portal).