The Younger Romantics: Shelley, Keats, and Byron
Description: The course will examine the works and lives of three major English Romantic poets, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats, and George Gordon, Lord Byron, with attention to their political, social, and intellectual contexts. All were younger than the other major Romantics; all died young; all created enduring Romantic metaphors through extraordinary poetry. A wide range of critical approaches, from the ideological to the textual, will reveal how these poets came to represent various forms of the Romantic artist-hero, the Promethean rebel, and the aesthete, as well as how their poetry continues to affect our conception of the aesthetic.
Requirements: A five-page essay; a midterm; an eight-page essay; an oral presentation, and a final examination, as well as in-class critical response assignments.
Lord Byron: The Major Works (Oxford World's Classics) Jerome J. McGann, Ed.
Oxford: Oxford UP
John Keats: The Complete Poems
Shelley's Poetry and Prose, Second Edition (Norton Critical Edition)
New York: Norton
I. George Gordon, Lord Byron: Romantic Anti-Hero
II. Percy Bysshe Shelley: Poetic Prometheus
III. John Keats: Romantic Aesthete
IV. The Death of Romanticism