British Romanticism: 1780-1832

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

August 31: Introduction to Romanticism

William Wordsworth, "Expostulation and Reply" (280)

The Slave Trade and the Literature of Abolition (88)

Olaudah Equiano, "Sold Again" (102)

Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (211) 

William Cowper, "The Negro's Complaint" (96) - see woodblock prints for children from the British Library

William Blake, "The Chimney Sweeper" (121)

September 2: William Blake 

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (148) - Calvin

Songs of Innocence: Introduction, The Lamb, The Little Black Boy, The Chimney Sweeper (118) - Jodell

Songs of Experience: Introduction, The Chimney Sweeper, The Sick Rose, The Tyger - Randy

"And did those feet" (161)

See poems and illustrations at and click here for a star-studded rendition of "And did those feet."

September 9: The French Revolution

Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (187)

Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Men (194) - Sumeya

Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man (199) - Alradh

Burke study guide (here)

September 10: Lyrical Ballads - (Thursday)

William Wordsworth, Preface to 1802 Lyrical Ballads, (292-304)

William Wordsworth, "The Solitary Reaper," "We Are Seven" (342) - Amanda

Lyrical Ballads Study Guide (here)

September 16 LYrical Ballads cont'd

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (443), "Kubla Khan" (459) - Abigail

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria, On fancy and imagination (490), Chapter 14: Occasion of the Lyrical Ballads (491), Chapter 17: Rustic Life (397)

September 21: The Conversation Poem

Coleridge, "The Eolian Harp" (439) 

Wordsworth, "Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey" (288) - Sheema

September 28: The Prelude

Wordsworth, excerpts from The Prelude (1805): Crossing of the Alps (352), Spots of Time (395) 

SEptember 30: Lord BYRON 

Lord Byron: "She walks in beauty" (617), Manfred (638), Don Juan, Canto 2: esp. Stanzas 11, 18-20, 67-79, 106-115 (704) 

October 5: Lord Byron & Felicia Hemans

Lord Byron, Don Juan Stanzas 105-117 - Manuela

Felicia Hemans: Casabianca (886) - Jonathan F.

October 7: Shelleys

Percy Shelley: Ozymandias (776),  A Defense of Poetry (856) with key passages  (here)

Mary Shelley: Introduction to Frankenstein and excerpts (click on links) - Ashley O

October 14: Keats

John Keats, On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer (904), Ode on a Grecian Urn (925) - Ben

John Gibson Lockhart: "The Cockney School of Poetry" (here) - Greg

Keats, Selected letters: "A Poet has no Identity" (972) - Marcelo, "The Chambers of Human Life" (970), "Negative Capability" (967)

Use this Powerpoint presentation to help you study and check out the 3 videos on the Cockney accent


OCTOBER 26: Romantic conclusions & Intro to the Victorian era

Please bring both anthologies to class (Volumes D and E)

The Victorian Age, Volume E (1017-1035)

Tennyson, "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (1235)

We begin with the Victorian Era on October 26

Victorian Syllabus

Modernist Syllabus