ENAM 0316

Poetry and Spiritual Tradition

Poetry and the Spiritual Tradition
In this course we will examine the long and intimate connection between poetry and spirituality, looking especially at the influence of Christian thinking on such English and American poets as John Donne, George Herbert, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and T.S. Eliot. The course will begin with a study of the King James Version of the Book of Psalms, which deeply affected later British and American poetry. We will also read early Taoist and Islamic poets, including Lao Tse and Rumi. The course will conclude with a look at the work of several contemporary poets: Charles Wright, Louis Gl├╝ck, and Mary Oliver. While this course is primarily online, on-campus students will have opportunities to meet in person with fellow students and the professor in small groups and during office hours, if circumstances allow. Off-campus students will be accommodated with additional optional online opportunities to connect. 3 hrs. lct.
English & American Literatures
English & American Literatures
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Fall 2020

ENAM0316A-F20 Lecture (Parini)

Fall 2018

ENAM0316A-F18 Lecture (Parini)

Fall 2016

ENAM0316A-F16 Lecture (Parini)

Spring 2015

ENAM0316A-S15 Lecture (Parini)

Spring 2013

ENAM0316A-S13 Lecture (Parini)