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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

La Belle Dame Sans Mercy (419-422)

Lamia (287-312)

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

The Eve of St. Agnes (318-353)

*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. Email me your paragraphs with the title and number of each chapter labeled above each (in one email per group). These are due by Wednesday night, October 18. Also save time to do your readings for next class (Keats's letters, listed underneath).

Preface: Everyone should read the Preface before moving on to their chapters.
Chapters 1-3: Luisana & Diana
Chapters 4-7: Ashley, Georgia, Jerlisa
Chapters 8-10: Leah & Michelle
Chapters 11-14: Massiel & Kevin
Chapters 15-17: Tiffany & Seun
Chapters 18-20: Melissa & Mariah
Chapters 21-23: Ariel & Kristy
Chapters 24-25: Anthony & Mariam

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 | romantic circles readings

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

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.