Course Title: 
English Poetry: The Augustan to the Victorian
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Year Taught: 
Integrated Degree
School of Arts and Sciences

'English Poetry: The Augustan to the Victorian' is a course offered in Second Semester of B. A. (Bachelor of Arts) English Language and Literature program at the School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mysuru campus.

Augustan Age - characteristics - transitional poets. Romantic revival - characteristics - worship of nature - older romantics. Younger romantics - characteristics - sensualism - humanitarian pantheism. Victorian poetry - conflict between science and religion - rationalism - dramatic monologue - major poets.

Unit I: 

Pope “An Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot”[Detailed].

“The Quiet Life”[Non-Detailed].

Swift “Critics” [Non-Detailed].

Unit II:

William Collins “To Evening”[Detailed]

Blake “Tyger”[Detailed]


Unit III:

Wordsworth: "Lines Written a Few Miles AboveTintern Abbey"[Detailed]

"The World is Too Much With Us"[Non-Detailed]

S.T:Coleridge: "The Rime of Ancient Mariner"[Detailed]

Unit IV:

P.B. Shelley: "Ode to the West Wind"[Detailed]

“Ozymandias” [Non-Detailed]

John Keats:"La Belle Dame Sans Merci"[Non-Detailed]

“Ode to Nightingale”[Detailed]

Unit V:

Alfred Tennyson:"Ulysses"[Detailed]


Robert Browning:"My Last Duchess"[Detailed]

Matthew Arnold:"Dover Beach"[Detailed]

  1. Board of Editors.Poetry Down the Ages.Hyderabad:Orient BlackSwan,2010. 
  2. Palgrave,F.T.The GoldenTreasury.NewDelhi:RupaClassics,2006. 
  3. Harrison,GB. Penguin Book of English Poetry.UK:PenguinBooks. 
  4. Klarer Mario. An Introduction to Literary Studies. Routledge, 2009.
  1. Board of Editors. DAV College. Light and Delight, Part II,Macmillan.2000. 
  2. Jain,Jasbir. Strings of Gold Part3:An Anthology of Poems, Macmillan. 
  • Students are recommended to read poems from popular anthologies.