British Literature: Researching Literature, 2015
Researching literature provides us with an opportunity to explore a work more deeply, to achieve a better understanding of a literary text. For this assessment, we will focus on 17th & 18th century writers and the movements/ideologies that influenced their work:
John Donne, “Holy Sonnet 10” (Metaphysical Poetry)
John Milton, Sonnet VII (Puritanism)
Amelia Lanier, from Eve’s Apology (Women/Gender in the 17th Century)
Alexander Pope, from An Essay on Man (Neoclassicism)
Each of you will be assigned one poet and one of that poet’s works. You will analyze the assigned poem, determine its meaning, and research the poet’s background to consider how his/her life and the movements/ideologies inspiring that poet provide a deeper understanding of the meaning and purpose of a poet’s work; that is the aim of this exercise.
You will follow selected steps of the research process outlined in the “Researching Literature: 101” packet (attached in Moodle). The project will culminate in a group presentation where you will: 1) teach your classmates about the work and life of your assigned poet; 2) lead the class through an analysis of one of your poet’s works; 3) demonstrate how researching your poet’s background enriches your understanding of the selected work.
For rubric, see attached. For due dates, see Moodle.
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