Dates: Wednesdays; Nov. 15–Dec. 13  (no class Nov. 22)

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Hope Lutheran  Church

William Shakespeare died in 1616. A group of poets in the generation that followed differed from him in several ways. In contrast with the “smooth” rhythm of Shakespeare’s sonnets, they fashion a “rougher” speech rhythm. They vary poetic form, line length, syntax, logic, and rhyme and make use of extravagant figures of speech. Their metaphors are extended throughout the poems, but can change unexpectedly. Their poems are both highly emotional and intellectual. The point of this class will be to enable you to read these and other poems of the English Renaissance on your own. We will take the poems apart only to put them together more knowledgeably.

Class Format: lecture and discussion Readings: Poems will be found in Metaphysical Poetry, ed. Colin Burrow (Penguin Classics: New York, 2006)

KligermanInstructor: Jack Kligerman is an Emeritus Professor of English at Lehman College, CUNY. He retired in 2002 after teaching for 35 years. He received his BA (1960) and MA (1962) from Syracuse University, and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. His PhD thesis was on James Fenimore Cooper and he minored in linguistics (both the history and structure of English). In addition to his teaching at Lehman College, he taught English and American Literature in London, Paris and Kunming, China. He has previously taught Wonderlust courses on Shakespeare.


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