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September 1: Why Keats?

Syllabus & Introductions: Why Keats? 200 Years Out

Archives & Afterlives

New Criticism, Historicism, and the Material Text | Scansion

Cleanth Brooks, The Heresy of Paraphrase, from The Well-Wrought Urn

Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn" (358), "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer" (5-8), "I stood tip-toe" (14)

Setpember 9: the Sonnets & Sonnet Contests | Scansion

Written on the Day that Mr. Leigh Hunt left Prison (25)

To a Friend who sent me some Roses (27)

To my Brothers (27)

On the Grasshopper and the Cricket (31)

The Sonnet-Contest (31)

On Seeing the Elgin Marbles (47)

On the Sea (58)

Sonnet to a Cat (132)

Letter to George and Tom Keats, 23 and 24 January 1818 - On sitting down to read King Lear once again (90-93)

*Helen Vendler, "John Keats: Perfecting the Sonnet." In Coming of Age as a Poet. Harvard UP, 2003.

September 15: The Odes

Basic scansion quiz! Practice online at For Better or for Verse.

Please post your group's sonnet on our Academic Commons page.

Incipit altera Sonneta (254-255)

The Odes of 1819: (353-271): Ode to a Nightingale, Ode on a Grecian Urn, Ode to Psyche, Fancy, To Autumn, Ode on Melancholy

*Susan Wolfson, On Reading John Keats, pp. 87-108 and 130-135

*Paul Sheats, "Keats and the Ode"

We will write a sample poetry paper together in class.

September 22 and 29: NO CLASSES

Read the chapters on Keats from Stanley Plumly's Argument & Song.

Mark up a key passage and jot down your response to it.

Our sample paper from class is available here.

Poetry Papers (3-5 pp.) due by email on September 29.

October 6: Gothic romances

The Eve of St. Agnes (318-353)

La Belle Dame Sans Mercy (419-422)

Isabella; or, The Pot of Basil (312-337)

Lamia (276-312)

*Susan Wolfson, On Reading John Keats, pp. 50-57, 72-86 and 109-122

*Jeffrey Cox, "Lamia, Isabella, and The Eve of St. Agnes"

october 7 (Saturday): romantic bicentennialS event at fordham university

The Emergence of Keats as a Poet (information here)

1:00-2:30 pm  Panel on Keats's 1817 Volume: Jonathan Mulrooney, Brian Rejak, and Duncan Wu

2:45-4:15 pm  Roundtable on Keats's Afterlives: Grant Scott, Chris Miller, james Nacarina, Suzanne Barnett, and Ann Rowland

4:45-6:15 pm  Plenary Conversation: Keats's Life and Writings: Susan Wolfson and Stan Plumly

Please attend any (or more!) of the three panels.

October 13: No class

Read the assigned chapters of the Roe biography and write a polished 3-paragraph summary, coordinating with your partner to avoid repetition. Post to CUNY Academic Commons page.

Find an article on Romantic Circles and write up a short summary post on our Academic Commons page. Be sure to include bibliographic information. 

October 20: Reviews & Letters | Shelley, Hunt, and the COckney school

Letter to Benjamin Bailey, 8 October 1817 (60-2)

Letters surrounding the Quarrels and the Cockney School of Poetry (62-73)

Letter to George and Tom Keats, 21 December 1817. Negative Capability (76-78)

Letter to J.H. Reynolds, 3 May 1818. Dark passages (126-131)

Letter to Fanny Keats, 2-5 July 1818 (186)

Letter to George and Georgiana Keats, 14-31 October 1818(207-213)

Letter to Richard Woodhouse, 27 October 1818. Camelion poet (213-215)

Letter to George and Georgiana Keats, 14 February-3 May 1819. Vale of soul-making (237-255)

Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, August 1818, 519-24 (193-199)

*John Barnard, "Keats's Letters: 'Remembering and enchaining'"

october 27: endings & Obituaries | Database reseArch & THe Harvard Keats ARchive

Letter to Fanny Brawne, before 12 August 1820 (423-424)

Letters to and from Shelley and Brown (424-429 )

Last Letters (430-433)

Keats’ Last Sonnet: “Bright Star” (429-430)

Percy Shelley, Adonais

This Living Hand (in class)

Look up obituaries, Harvard Keats Archive, and Romantic Circles

Read “About this Edition” and “Introduction” of Longman Keats for paper topics.

*Chapter 10 of Susan Wolfson, On Reading John Keats (136-147)

*Duncan Wu, "Keats and the 'Cockney School'" 

November 3: trip to NYPL Pforzheimer & Berg Collections

november 10: trip to NYU Fales collection

November 17: Midterm poetry recitations | Critical Companion Essay ANalysis

november 21 (tuesday): conferences

Final paper and digital project topic proposals due.

december 1: trip to princeton firestone's rare books library

december 8: digital writing project presentations I | Bright STar part 1

december 15: digital writing project presentations II | Bright STar part 2

Final Essays and Digital Projects due 12/18.