English poetry

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Course Aims

The main aim of this course is to acquaint students with the background to the various traditions of English poetry embedded in this course, the different movements and their representative poets. Students will also be introduced to the

5 major themes and literary techniques of the selected poems. This may therefore be realized by i. examining the earliest English poetry, ii. discussing the major works of the period and their representative poets, iii. providing information on the themes of selected poems, iv. explaining the nature of the Anglo-Norman period and the Later Middle Ages, v. explicating the Renaissance in England and its features, vi. discussing the Restoration and the 18
th century movement and their representative poets, vii. highlighting the preoccupation of the Romantic Movement, viii. examining the Victorian poetry and its features, ix. discussing 20
th century poetry and its characteristic features and x. elucidating the nature of new or contemporary English poetry.
The overall objective of this course is to equip students with detailed information on the nature and advancement of English poetry from the earliest period of Anglo-Saxon to the present age of modern English. It is hoped therefore that at the end of the course, the students should be able to i) Discuss the concept of the earliest English poetry

6 ii) Explain the themes and features of Anglo-Norman and the Middle Age Poetry iii) Explain the term Renaissance and its major representative poets and the concept of their works iv) Highlight the concept of Romantic poetry v) Examine the influence of William Wordsworth on the English Romantic Poetry vi) Discuss the major achievements of the Victorian poets vii) Discuss extensively the 20
th century poetry, especially modernist poetry.

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