British Romanticism: 1780-1832

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

August 29 & 31: Introduction to Romanticism


William Wordsworth, "Expostulation and Reply" (280)

August 31: Historical Contexts

The Slave Trade and the Literature of Abolition (88)

Olaudah Equiano, "Sold Again" (102)

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

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

William Blake, "The Chimney Sweeper" (121)

September 7: William Blake - (no class Monday 9/5)

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

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (148) - Fabrilzia

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

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

"And did those feet" (161)

* The page numbers refer to the Norton Anthology Vol. D, but those still waiting for their books to arrive can look up each poem on the Blake Archive website linked above.


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

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

Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man (199)

Burke study guide (here)

September 14: Lyrical Ballads 

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

William Wordsworth, "The Solitary Reaper," "We Are Seven" (342, 278) 

Lyrical Ballads Study Guide (here)

September 19 LYrical Ballads cont'd

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

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria; On fancy and imagination (490), Chapter 14: Occasion of the Lyrical Ballads (491), Chapter 17: Rustic Life (497)

September 21: The Conversation Poem

Coleridge, "The Eolian Harp" (439) 

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

September 26: The Prelude

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

SEptember 28: 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)  - Khadeja

October 5: The SHELLEYS

Percy Shelley: Ozymandias (776),  A Defense of Poetry (856) - Georgia

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

October 6: KEATS

John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn (925) - Shahin 

Fire drill!

October 10 & 12: No Classes

Start Studying for the midterm!

OCTOBER 17: Keats continued

Keats, "On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer" (904) 

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

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

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

Michael Caine on the Cockney accent

October 24: Midterm Exam

We begin with the Victorian Era on October 26

Victorian Syllabus

Modernist Syllabus