Literature: Alexander Pope’s Poetry with Dr Robert-Louis Abrahamson

Ref: C3533202

Alexander Pope, the great master of eighteenth-century English poetry, wrote in a variety of poetic forms. Our course will try to sample several of these, including his landscape descriptions, his satires of the rich and pretentious, his translations of Homer, his literary criticism and his masterpiece, 'The Rape of the Lock'. There will be a certain amount of reading for each session, and the invitation to discuss our responses to the poetry both on the Zoom meetings and on Canvas between meetings.

Course aim

We will read selections from the poetry of Alexander Pope, to appreciate Pope's poetic brilliance and his sharp social satire, and to gain greater insight into aspects of 18th-century England

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This is an advanced course for students with experience and skills in this subject

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Feel acquainted with the style and outlook of Alexander Pope's poetry
  • Have a deeper appreciation for the rhythms and tones of eighteenth-century English poetry
  • Express with more confidence my responses to the readings and to classmates' contributions
  • Understand more fully certain aspects of early eighteenth-century history and society

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Pope's poetry is available free online, but it is best to have a copy with notes. A suggested text will be announced closer to the time.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Literature: Alexander Pope’s Poetry with Dr Robert-Louis Abrahamson

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