Course Description: In this course we will study the best-known poems of the two most influential poets of the early Seventeenth Century, a time when the scientific method is introduced and earlier beliefs are challenged, in short, when the modern world begins to take shape. The poems will be studied both for their own sakes and for what their manners of expression tell us about the differing views of the world of the two poets and of their followers: the metaphysical poets led by Donne and the neo-classical poets who called themselves The Sons of Ben.
Instructor: Prof. Norman Wesley’s career spans fifty years of teaching English, American, and world literature as well as grammar and linguistics at American colleges and universities and briefly at Cambridge University in England. He is now a retired [emeritus] professor from The State University of New York, and lives in Fernandina Beach. He has taught many popular courses for Amelia Lifelong Learning.
Schedule: Thursdays, February 2 through March 23, 11:30-1:00. 8 sessions.
Location: Upstairs conference room at Scott & Sons Jewelry, 9900 Amelia Island Parkway, Fernandina Beach. Please park away from the front door to the store.
Materials: Will be discussed at first class session.