English 205:
Major Periods
And Issues

Medieval Lyrics to Milton

Autumn 2002
Taught by Micha Grudin and Meg Roland



For hundreds of years, poetry was the primary form in which writers expressed themselves. Legends, the role of women, kingship, love, death, life, God--all of these issues were addressed in the form of poetry or poetic drama. If it wasn't written in verse, it was hardly considered literary. In the 1400's, we might say with Thomas Malory, this began to slowly change and, over the next centuries, the prose essay as well as the novel began to emerge as vital literary forms in English. This term we will study a variety of English poetic and prose works from the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries.

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Visiting Professor of English, Lewis and Clark College.

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