Fall 2010

THE LYRIC

Listed in: English, as ENGL-95

Faculty

David R. Sofield (Section 05)
Richard P. Wilbur (Section 05)

Description

Is any term in the study of literature more contested than lyric?  Reaching agreement on a definition beyond Aristotle’s obvious claim that lyric may be distinguished from epic and dramatic has proved impossible.  Yet what critics have named lyric poems have been written for two and a half millennia, and for two centuries now the lyric has been the dominant poetic mode.  With an eye to its literary-historical development, this seminar will undertake to read closely the English-language lyric from the sixteenth century to the present.  Attention will be given to concurrent attempts to describe its properties, concluding with recent considerations of the genre.  Two class meetings per week.

Limited to 15 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Sofield and Simpson Lecturer Wilbur.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to senior and junior English majors.

Keywords

Writing attentive, Speaking attentive

Offerings

2015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 20112015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 20112015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2009, Spring 2011, Fall 20132015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 20112015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 20102015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Fall 20102015-16: Offered in Spring 2016
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 20152015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 20112015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 20102015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 20102015-16: Offered in Fall 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2014