21L.704 Studies in Poetry: From the Sonneteers to the Metaphysicals

Spring 2006

Petrarch Sonnet VII.

Sonnet VII by Francesco Petrarch (1304 - 1374). (Image by MIT OCW.)

Course Highlights

This course features a detailed description of assignments along with sample student work in the assignments section. An extensive reading list is also available.

Course Description

This course introduces students to some of the most important practitioners of poetry in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, locating them in their historical and social contexts. We will be emphasizing love poetry or amatory verse, by combining close reading of selected poems with an investigation of the contexts of English verse.
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Prof. Shankar Raman

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session