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Brandeis University

Restoration and 18th Century Poetry: From Dryden to Wordsworth


with William Flesch

1) Introduction: Poetic form and the resourcefulness it requires: Audio

2) Dryden on Oldham and Oldham on Sodom. Dryden’s scatology: Audio

3) Dryden: Absalom and Achitophel. Antithetical style and heroic couplet:Audio

4) Dryden: Absalom and Achitophel. Dryden’s skepticism about perfectibility: Audio

5) Dryden: Religio Laici and poets’ claims to political and philosophical expertise: Audio

6) Dryden: Conclusion of discussion of both Absalom and Achitophel and Religio Laici: Audio

7) Dryden’s Subtlety: Audio

8) Dryden’s conclusions: his late masques and essays; his prose and his digressiveness: Audio

9) Rochester vs. Dryden; Rochester’s skill and range: Audio

10) Rochester.  Definitely NSFW, but with considerable psychological acuity: Audio

11) Swift. Also NSFW. Swift’s scatology: Audio

12) Swift on himself and on Stella and on his contemporaries: Audio

13) Pope. Introduction and Essay on Criticism: Audio

14) Pope. Essay on Criticism, Eloisa to Abelard, Rape of the Lock: Audio

15) Pope and how poetry becomes topical.  Arbuthnot, Rape of the Lock:Audio

16) Pope’s Satires and To the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady: Audio

17) Last Class on Pope: Dunciad: Audio

18) Doctor Johnson as poet. His Proto-Romanticism: Audio

19) Thomson and Collins as Proto-Romantics: Audio

20) Young, Gray, and the advent of Romanticism: Audio

21) Christopher Smart: Prayer and Praise: Audio

22) Goldsmith and Cowper: Audio

23) Barbauld and Baillie: Audio

24) Burns, Blake, and perspectives on innocence: Audio

25) Wordsworth and Coleridge in 1798: Audio

26) Last class, return to Pope’s Essay on Man, and retrospective on course:Audio



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