English Pre-Romantics

English 317, Autumn 2000

Jack Lynch

Course Description

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September -- October -- November -- December

Office: (973) 353-5279 x 516; 516 Hill Hall.

Hours: Monday, 2:00-4:00, and by appointment (appointments are best).

Home: (609) 882-4642 (before 10:30 p.m.!).

E-mail: jlynch@andromeda.rutgers.edu (the best way to reach me).

Listserv: lynch317@andromeda.rutgers.edu (for the whole class).

Course Requirements

English 317 involves the following responsibilities on your part:


Five books -- Eighteenth-Century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology (abbreviated ECP); William Godwin, Caleb Williams; Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman; William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell; and William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads -- are available from New Jersey Books. The remainder of the required readings are available in a photocopy pack or on-line.


This class has a mailing list called lynch317@andromeda.rutgers.edu; all students are required to have an E-mail account by the end of the second week of classes and to participate in the discussions on the list. Although I have the greatest sympathy for those suffering from technological nightmares, don't expect to use computer problems as an excuse for not doing the reading or writing. If you have a computer problem, contact me.

Schedule of Class Meetings

Wed., 6 Sept.
Introduction (class business, &c.).

Mon., 11 Sept.
Alexander Pope, Windsor-Forest (ECP 102-13), "An Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot" (ECP 155-66).
Wed., 13 Sept.
Jonathan Swift, "A Description of the Morning" (ECP 72), "A Description of a City Shower" (ECP 72-74); John Gay, from Trivia; or, The Art of Walking the Streets of London (ECP 43-58).

Mon., 18 Sept.
Thomas Parnell, "A Night-Piece on Death" (ECP 61-63); Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea, "A Nocturnal Rêverie" (ECP 33-35). OED Exercise Due: Report on three words from Pope, Swift, or Gay.
Wed., 20 Sept.
No Class: Get some sleep.

Mon., 25 Sept.
John Dyer, "Grongar Hill" (ECP 228-32); Stephen Duck, "The Thresher's Labour" (ECP 249-56); Mary Collier, "The Woman's Labour" (ECP 257-62).
Wed., 27 Sept.
James Thomson, Spring (ECP 193-220).

Mon., 2 Oct.
Mark Akenside, from The Pleasures of Imagination (ECP 305-21); Addison, selections from The Spectator (photocopies). OED Exercise Due: Report on three words from Parnell, Finch, Dyer, Duck, Collier, or Thomson.
Wed., 4 Oct.
Thomas Gray, "Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard" (ECP 329-33).

Mon., 9 Oct.
Thomas Gray, "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College" (ECP 325-27), "The Progress of Poesy: A Pindaric Ode" (ECP 333-38), "The Bard: A Pindaric Ode" (ECP 338-43). OED Exercise Due: Report on three words from Gray's "Elegy."
Wed., 11 Oct.
William Collins, "Ode on the Poetical Character" (ECP 344-47), "Ode to Evening" (ECP 347-49), "The Passions: An Ode for Music" (ECP 354-57).

Mon., 16 Oct.
Joseph Warton, "The Enthusiast; or, The Lover of Nature" (ECP 358-64), "Ode to Evening" (ECP 365); Thomas Warton, "The Pleasures of Melancholy" (ECP 367-74), "Verses on Sir Joshua Reynolds's Painted Window at New-College Oxford" (ECP 378-81).
Wed., 18 Oct.
Christopher Smart, "My Cat Jeoffry" from Jubilate Agno (ECP 387-89); William Cowper, The Task, Book One, The Sofa (ECP 487-505).

Mon., 23 Oct.
James Macpherson, selections from Fragments of Ancient Poetry (ECP 408-11), "A Dissertation concerning the Antiquity, &c. of the Poems of Ossian the Son of Fingal" (photocopy). OED Exercise Due: Report on three words from Gray, Collins, the Wartons, Smart, or Cowper.
Wed., 25 Oct.
Thomas Chatterton, "Mynstrelles Songe" (ECP 412-14), "Stay, Curyous Traveller" (ECP 414-15), "An Excelent Balade of Charitie" (ECP 415-18); William Henry Ireland, An Authentic Account of the Shaksperian Manuscripts (photocopy).

Mon., 30 Oct.
Robert Burns, "To a Mouse" (ECP 459-60), "To a Louse" (ECP 460-62), "Tam o' Shanter: A Tale" (ECP 465-70).
Wed., 1 Nov.
Charlotte Smith, "Sonnet: Written in the Church Yard at Middleton in Sussex" (ECP 514-15), "Sonnet: To Fancy" (ECP 515), "Sonnet: The Gossamer" (ECP 515), "Sonnet: On Being Cautioned against Walking on an Headland" (ECP 516); William Lisle Bowles, "Sonnet: Written at Tinemouth, Northumberland, after a Tempestuous Voyage" (ECP 519-20), "Sonnet: To the River Wensbeck" (ECP 520), "Sonnet: Written at Ostend" (ECP 520); Anna Seward, "Sonnet: To the Poppy" (ECP 527-28). First Paper Due (five to seven pages).

Mon., 6 Nov.
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
Wed., 8 Nov.
Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (continued).

Mon., 13 Nov.
William Godwin, Caleb Williams, volume 1 (pp. 1-109). OED Exercise Due: Report on three words from Burns, the sonnets, or Blake.
Wed., 15 Nov.
Godwin, Caleb Williams, volume 2 (pp. 111-213).

Mon., 20 Nov.
Godwin, Caleb Williams, volume 3 (pp. 215-337) and Appendix I (pp. 339-46).
Wed., 22 Nov.
No class (Friday schedule).

Mon., 27 Nov.
Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, chapters 1-4.
Wed., 29 Nov.
Wollstonecraft, Vindication, chapters 5-8.

Mon., 4 Dec.
Wollstonecraft, Vindication, chapters 9-13; Anna Laetitia Barbauld, "The Rights of Woman" (ECP 481-82).
Wed., 6 Dec.
William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads: the Advertisement (pp. 3-4), "The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere," "The Foster-Mother's Tale," "Lines Left upon a Seat in a Yew Tree," "The Nightingale," "The Female Vagrant." OED Exercise Due: Report on three words from Godwin or Wollstonecraft.

Mon., 11 Dec.
Wordsworth and Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads (continued): "Goody Blake and Harry Gill," "Lines Written at a Small Distance from My House," "Simon Lee," "The Thorn," "The Last of the Flock," "The Dungeon," "The Mad Mother," "The Idiot Boy," the Preface of 1800 (pp. 133-79).
Wed., 13 Dec.
Lyrical Ballads (continued): "Lines Written near Richmond," "Expostulation and Reply," "The Tables Turned," "Old Man Travelling," "The Complaint of a Forsaken Indian Woman," "The Convict," "Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey." Second Paper Due (eight to ten pages).