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English Poetry: The Chaucerian to the Jacobean
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Integrated Degree
School of Arts and Sciences

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

To help the students identify forms and types of poetry of the Age; make them familiar with poetic devices and strategies; motivate them to read and appreciate poetry.

Poetry - definition - the poetic language - classification. Chaucerian age - characteristics of poetry -major poets -Elizabethan sonnet. Metaphysical poetry – itscharacteristics -use of conceit, hyperbole -major poets. Restoration Age - Puritanism – characteristics-Jacobean Age.

Unit 1

Evolution of English poetry from Chaucerian to Jacobean era.

Unit 2

Edmund Spenser: "One day I Wrote her Name" [Detailed]
“Faerie Queene” first 36 lines before Canto 1 [Detailed].

Unit 3

William Shakespeare: Sonnet 18 ‘Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day’ [Detailed]
Sonnet 127,’In the Old Age Black was not Counted Fair’ [Detailed].
Sonnet 30 ‘When to the Sessions of Sweet Silent Thought’ [Non-Detailed].
Sonnet 130 ‘My Mistress’ eyes are Nothing like the Sun’ [Non-Detailed].

Unit 4

John Donne: "Canonization",“Sun Rising" [Detailed].
Andrew Marvell: "To His Coy Mistress" [Detailed].
George Herbert: "The Gifts of God" (The Pulley) [Non-Detailed].

Unit 5

John Milton: "On his Blindness" [Non-Detailed].
“Lycidas” [Detailed].
Paradise Lost Book 1 (Invocation) [Detailed].

  1. Board of Editors. Poetry Down the Ages. Hyderabad: Orient Black Swan, 2010.
  2. Palgrave, F.T. The Golden Treasury. New Delhi: Rupa Classics, 2006.
  3. Barua, D.K. Whispering Reeds. Calcutta: Oxford University Press, 1995.
  4. Paradise Lost Book 1.
  1. Nayar. Pramod K. English Poetry from the Elizabethans to the Restoration. Hyderabad: Orient Black Swan, 2012.
  2. Wells, Stanley and Lena Cowen Orlin. Eds. Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide. OUP, New Delhi, 2007.