April 9 2014
First class on Marvell: Introduction mainly about what we (what I) don't know, but with some historical context. (There's a new biography, which I haven't read, which apparently has lots of new information.) Empsonian explanation of pastoral. Eliot on minor vs major, good vs great poetry. "The Mower Against Gardens," and being rich in hay. Figuration in "The Garden." A lot of this course is about the fascinating subtleties of figuration in our poets, and this is something we'll concentrate on in "The Garden," both this class and next.