Sonnet VII by Francesco Petrarch (1304 - 1374). (Image by MIT OCW.)
This course features a detailed description of assignments along with sample student work in the assignments
section. An extensive reading
list is also available.
This course introduces students to some of the most important practitioners of poetry in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, locating them in their historical and social contexts. We will be emphasizing love poetry or amatory verse, by combining close reading of selected poems with an investigation of the contexts of English verse.