English N115B

The English Renaissance: Seventeenth Century

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
1 Summer 2010 Alan H. Nelson
TTh 10-12 229 Dwinelle

Other Readings and Media

John P. Rumrich and Gregory Chaplin, eds., Seventeenth-Century British Poetry 1603-1660, Norton Critical Edition (2006). ISBN 0-393-97998-9 (pbk.)


English writers of the seventeenth century produced some of the most memorable short- to medium-length verse in the English language. Poets of particular note include Aemelia Lanyer, John Donne, Ben Jonson, Robert Herrick, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell, and John Milton. Readings will be taken from a single text, Seventeenth-Century British Poetry 1603-1660, chosen for its excellent selections and modest cost.

 Requirements:  Written work will consist of several short papers, a midterm exam, and a final exam. Students must be prepared to attend faithfully, and will be given the opportunity to participate in class discussion.

Note that this class satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

This course is taught in session C, from June 21st to August 13th.

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