Fall 2009

Medieval Poetry and Its Afterlives

Listed in: English, as ENGL-37


Amanda A. Walling (Section 01)


This course will explore the characteristic verse forms, imagery, and themes of late medieval and early Renaissance poetry and will examine how these characteristics have resonated throughout the work of later poets into the present day.  We will consider the work of translators from Dryden to Pound and Heaney, trace the reinventions of alliterative poetry by such poets as Hopkins and Auden, and analyze the medievalism of poets from Spenser through Eliot.  Throughout, we will explore the particular meaning these medieval devices carry for later poets and what they suggest about the changing role of the Middle Ages in the English poetic tradition.

Fall semester.  Visiting Professor Walling.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009