In this course we will read, contemplate, and discuss some of the great lyric poems of the English-speaking tradition. Through instruction and practice, students will become better at reading and appreciating poetry as poetry.

Class begins on Thursday July 11th, at 5pm Pacific (8pm Eastern), and continues for EIGHT consecutive Thursdays. Last class will be on August 29th.

Required Text: The Norton Anthology of English Poetry (preferably 4 th edition)

Weekly Titles & Readings:

Week 1: Introduction & Sonnets I
Shakespeare, Sonnet 73
Week 2: Sonnets II
Shakespeare, Sonnet 116
Milton, Sonnet 19
Week 3: Metaphysical Poetry I: John Donne
“The Sun Rising”
Holy Sonnet 14
Week 4: Metaphysical Poetry II
Andrew Marvell, “To His Coy Mistress”
*George Herbert, “Church Monuments”*
Week 5: 19th-Century Poetry I
William Wordsworth, “The World is Too Much with Us”
John Keats, “Ode on a Grecian Urn”
Week 6: 19th-Century Poetry II
Matthew Arnold, “Dover Beach”
Gerard Manley Hopkins, “As Kingfishers Catch Fire”
Week 7: 20th-Century Poetry I
W.B. Yeats, “Sailing to Byzantium”
W. H. Auden, “The Shield of Achilles”
Week 8: 20th-Century Poetry II
*Robert Frost, “Nothing Gold Can Stay”*
Richard Wilbur, “Love Calls Us to the Things of This World”


Course Content

Week One - 7/11

Week Two - 7/18
Week Three - 7/25
Week Four - 8/1
Week Five - 8/8
Week Six - 8/15
Week Seven - 8/22
Week Eight - 8/29

About Instructor

Travis Cooper

A graduate of The College of St. Thomas More (Fort Worth, TX) and then The Catholic University of America, Dr. Travis Cooper has been teaching at Thomas Aquinas College since 2012. Reading literature and discussing it, in itself and in its intersection with theology and philosophy, is near and dear to his heart. Dr. Cooper, his wife Briena, and their five sons live in Santa Paula, CA.

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Course Includes

  • 8 Lessons
  • Course Certificate