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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject, taught in an intensive 2 week block in February, looks at a wide variety of poems written between 1558 and 1660, focusing especially on lyrics, sonnets, Romance and Epic. The approach will involve learning how to engage in the close analysis of poetry, but also how to place this poetry in its historical/political context. The subject will also address some issues concerned with the editing of renaissance poetry.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPaul Salzman

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 30 credit points of first year English


Incompatible subjects ENG3HRR

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsFurther poetry by Spencer and Milton supplied on linePrescribedSpenser and MiltonN/A
ReadingsRenaissance Literature: An Anthology of Poetry and ProsePrescribedJohn Hunter, ed.WILEY-BLACKWELL

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain and interpret Renaissance poetry,

Lectures, seminar discussion,
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

02. Specifically they will be able identify and elucidate the context in which the poetry was produced and how it was interpreted then, and how interpretations have changed over time.

Lectures, seminar discussion, close reading exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. Undertake the close analysis of complex literary texts and write clearly about that analysis.

lectures, seminar discussion, close reading exercises, essays
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)

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