Topics: What is Lyric? Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Explorations
Meeting Pattern: Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30-1:45
This course will attempt to produce a working, historically-informed theory of the lyric form through a careful consideration of ancient, medieval, and early modern examples. Poets will include an ancient cluster (Sappho, Anacreon, Pindar, Horace, and Juvenal), a medieval cluster, both vernacular and in Latin (the Harley Lyrics, Troubadour verse, the Cambridge Lyrics, and the Carmina Burana), and a Renaissance cluster (Dante, Petrarch, Garcilaso de la Vega, Francisco de Quevedo, Pierre de Ronsard, Joachim du Bellay, Thomas Wyatt, Sir Philip Sidney, and John Donne). Some considerations of recent lyric theory by Jonathan Culler, Heather DuBrow, Ullrich Langer, and others will add to our discussion.