A way with words. : IV understanding poetry by Michael D C Drout

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Wheaton university English professor Michael D.C. Drout submerses listeners in poetry's previous, current, and destiny, addressing such poets as Milton, Wordsworth, Shelley, and Keats, and explaining in basic terms what poetry is whereas following its improvement in the course of the centuries.

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Spenser’s other great poem, “Epithalamion,” is an erotic, romantic poem to honor a newlywed couple and can be used to illustrate the way that love, romantic and erotic, was such a key part of Renaissance poetry. And ye high heavens, the temple of the gods, In which a thousand torches flaming bright Doe burne, that to us wretched earthly clods In dreadful darknesse lend desired light, And all ye powers which in the same remayne, More then we men can fayne, Poure out your blessing on us plentiously, And happy influence upon us raine, That we may raise a large posterity, Which from the earth, which they may long possesse With lasting happinesse, Up to your haughty pallaces may mount, And for the guerdon of theyr glorious merit, May heavenly tabernacles there inherit, Of blessed saints for to increase the count.

Natural Emphasis: English Versification from Chaucer to Dryden. San Marino, CA: Huntington Library Press, 1985. 39 Lecture 6: Metaphysicals, Milton The Suggested Reading for this lecture is The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume 1: The Middle Ages through the Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, edited by Stephen Greenblatt (sections on John Donne, pp. 1233–1281; Aemilia Lanyer, pp. 1281–1291; Ben Jonson, pp. 1393–1421; and John Milton, pp. 1771–2044). Fame is the spur that the clear spirit doth raise (That last infirmity of noble mind) To scorn delight, and live laborious days.

But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thow ow’st; Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st: So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee. –William Shakespeare In this lecture we will do two things: discuss poetry from the earlier part of the Renaissance and look at the development of rhyme schemes and different meters. ” This word means “rebirth” and is a reference to a new interest in Classical (Greek and Latin) culture in this time period.

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