21L.704 Studies in Poetry: "What's the Use of Beauty?"

Fall 2005

River view of Carthage being built.
A scenic river view of Carthage as it is being built, overseen by Dido, its queen. (Image courtesy of WebMuseum [J.M.W. Turner's "Dido building Carthage, or The Rise of the Carthaginian Empire," 1815, oil on canvas; National Gallery, London])

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive list of readings and a description of the assignments.

Course Description

This course explores variations on the proposition that an adequate recognition of beauty could, however indirectly, make you a more humane person. Readings extend widely across literary and non-literary genres, including lyric poetry and the novel, philosophical prose and essays.
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Prof. Noel Jackson

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session