Faculty of Arts


Age of Shakespeare: Poetry

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for ENGLISH 210.


This course deals with arguably the greatest age of English poetry, the poetry of Shakespeare and his successors, writing in the late Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. We look at the sonnet sequence of Sir Philip Sidney, the precursor of Shakespeare's own sonnets, which, in their turn, are studied in considerable detail. We also consider the wit and naughtiness of John Donne as well as his meditational poetry, the quiet skill of George Herbert's sacred verse, the social poetry of John Milton (although some work will also be done on Paradise Lost). Women's writing, in very different poems by Aphra Behn and Anne Bradstreet, is an added pleasure.

Availability 2018

Not offered in 2018; planned for 2019


Coordinator(s) Dr Claudia Marquis


A course anthology with all the relevant poets will be available at the University Bookshop.


Coursework + exam


ENGLISH 210: 15.0 points


30 points at Stage I in English

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