ENGL 1F97 Seminar Question/NotesWeek 2 (Sept. 13): Disciplinary Actions: How We Do What We Do“The Study of Literature” [xxv--xxxvi]Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess” [997-98]Seminar: What does the word “literature” mean to you? Why is it important that we read and studyit? Is it important at all? What do you expect this course will do for you? What would you like it to dofor you? As a side note, remember to ask any questions you may have about the syllabus or thecourse in general, either here or in the lecture forum.
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Week 3 (Sept. 20): Around the World in Fourteen Sonnets: A Crude Introduction to English
Literary HistorySir Thomas Wyatt, [“Whoso list to hunt”] ●Women as animals (deer or doe)●Gender rolesEdmund Spenser,“Sonnet 1” [ 883-84] and “Sonnet 75” [ 884] fromAmoretti●Talking about someone he loves●Timeless poem●RhymingWilliam Shakespeare, sonnets 18 [889-90] and 130 Lady Mary Wroth, 77 [Sakai]John Milton, [“When I consider how my light is spent”] Charlotte Smith, “Sonnet I,” from Elegiac Sonnets [Sakai]Seminar: The lectures this week talk about the strict nature of the sonnet form, the seeminglyconfining rules of the form itself. Read carefully again one of the sonnets for this week and discussthe relationship between the text's form and its content--the connection between what it says andhow it says it. Does the strictness of the form seem to help or hinder the poet as they try to maketheir point?