British Romanticism: 1780-1832

                                                                                                                       George Heinrich Sieveking, "Execution of Louis XVI" (1793)

August 29: Introduction to Romanticism

William Wordsworth, "Expostulation and Reply" and "The Tables Turned" (426)


Historical Contexts: 

William Blake, "The Chimney Sweeper" (181)

The Slave Trade and the Literature of Abolition (229)

William Cowper, "The Negro's Complaint" (258) - see woodblock prints for children from the British Library

Olaudah Equiano, from "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano" (231)

Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (304) 

September 5: The French Revolution 

Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (113)

Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Men (123)

Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man (132)

Burke study guide (here)


William Blake

(Search up poems in or Google poems if you are still waiting for your books to arrive!)

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (204)

Songs of Innocence: Introduction, The Lamb, The Little Black Boy, The Chimney Sweeper (178)

Songs of Experience: Introduction, The Chimney Sweeper, The Sick Rose, The Tyger (189) 

"And did those feet" (in class)

September 12: Lyrical Ballads

William Wordsworth, Preface to 1802 Lyrical Ballads, (433-445)

William Wordsworth, "The Solitary Reaper," (handout), "We Are Seven" (416), "The Thorn" (419), "Nutting" (450) 


Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (634), "Kubla Khan" (669) 

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria: Chapter 13: Imagination and Fancy (686) , Chapter 14: Occasion of the Lyrical Ballads (689), Chapter 17: Examination of...Rustic Life and Poetic Language (692)

Lyrical Ballads Study Guide (here)


September 19: No Class (Thursday Schedule)

Please brainstorm and draft a short essay in response to the Virtue Essay prompt.
The 4 areas to think about are 1) the virtue you value most in daily life, 2) a spot of time or personal anecdote illustrating this virtue, 3) a passage from an author that sheds light on this virtue, 4) points for social commentary and critique (what virtues you finding lacking in others, in society, etc.)


September 26: lyrical ballads cont'd

Conversation Poems: 

Coleridge, "The Eolian Harp" (626) , "This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison" (628)

Wordsworth, "Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey" (429)

the prelude

Wordsworth, excerpts from The Prelude (1805): Imagination Restored by Nature (530), Travelling in the Alps (507), Spots of Time (531) 

October 3: Lord BYRON

Lord Byron: "She walks in beauty" (710) - Haja, Manfred (711)  

Lord Byron: Don Juan, Canto 2: esp. Stanzas 11, 18-20, 67-79, 106-115 (print out here) 


Mary Shelley & Frankenstein

Mary Shelley: Introduction to Frankenstein - Parbattie

October 10: HEMANS, SHELLEY & Keats 

Felicia Hemans: Casabianca (939) - Ivana

Percy Shelley: "Ozymandias" (877), Mont Blanc (770)  A Defense of Poetry (919) - Michelle

John Keats, On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer (975), Ode on a Grecian Urn (1008) 

Keats, Selected letters: "Dark Passages" (1049) - Fabiana, "The Camelion Poet vs. The Egotistical Sublime" (1052), "Negative Capability" (1046)

John Gibson Lockhart: "The Cockney School of Poetry" (982-7)

My Fair Lady and English lessons w. Prof. Henry Higgins

Michael Caine on the Cockney accent

October 17: romanticism review & midterm exam

We will have 30 mins of review beforehand and take the exam at 6:30.

Midterm Information

Short answer practice questions

Practice IDs

Full Romanticism Overview & Study Guide

We begin with the Victorian Era on October 24

Victorian Syllabus

Modernist Syllabus