English 313. Early Modern English Poetry
We begin with Skelton and proceed to sonnets by Wyatt, Surrey, Sidney, Drayton, Spenser, Shakespeare and Mary Wroth. Various theoretical perspectives will help us to consider how gender is constructed by the sonneteers as well as Jonson, Herrick, Queen Elizabeth I and Amelia Lanyer. Through our close reading, we’ll examine the literary conventions of form and meter and the divergence from such conventions made by Donne, Herbert, Marvell, Milton and Bradstreet.