Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Romantic Poets 1: Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The objective of the study-unit is to acquaint students with some of the determining thematic and formal aspects of early British Romanticism.

The study-unit will focus in particular on the concept of Romanticism as it affected European literature in the early nineteenth century. It will examine the nature of the Romantic revolt against neo-Classicism, the impact of Rousseau and the French Revolution, the concept of the ‘natural’ man, the interrelationship of Man and Nature, the ‘unleashing’ of the imagination, and the notion of natural supernaturalism. Reference will be made to the social, political and philosophical milieu of the times.

The following texts will be analysed in detail:

William Blake, ‘Songs of Innocence and of Experience’ (with illustrations)
William Wordsworth, The Lyrical Ballads, ‘The Prelude’ I and II, ‘The Immortality Ode’, ‘Tintern Abbey’
Samuel T. Coleridge, ‘Frost at Midnight’, ‘Dejection: an Ode’, ‘This Lime-Tree Bower my Prison’, ‘The Ancient Mariner’, ‘Christabel’, ‘Kubla Khan’

Reading List:

Bate, Jonathan, Romantic Ecology: Wordsworth and the Environmental Tradition (London: Routledge, 1991)
Beer, John, Blake’s Visionary Universe (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1969)
Gill, Stephen, The Cambridge Companion to Wordsworth (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)
Hirsch, E. D., Innocence and Experience: An Introduction to Blake (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1975)
Pirie, David B., ed., The Romantic Period (London: Penguin, 1994)
Gravil, Richard, Lucy Newlyn, and Nicholas Roe, eds Coleridge’s Imagination (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985)
Roe, Nicholas, Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years (Oxford: Clarendon, 1988)
Roe, Nicholas, ed., Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Sciences of Life (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001)
Roe, Nicholas, (ed.) Romanticism: An Oxford Guide (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Peter Vassallo

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