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Approaches to Teaching the Metaphysical Poets

Editor(s): Sidney Gottlieb

Pages: xii & 177 pp.
Published: 1990
ISBN: 9780873525305

"All of the essays are notable for their various authors' passion and commitment to instruction in the classroom. Interrogation of the term 'metaphysical' and the individual essays...attempt to move criticism and approaches to teaching into late twentieth-century theoretical frameworks."
English Language Notes

"It will be useful both to those entering the profession and to those whose pedagogical cholesterol has reached dangerous levels."
Review of English Studies

The casebound edition of this title is out of print.

Using the now controversial designation metaphysical as a term to be debated or dissected, this book helps teachers with the classroom process of discriminating among the metaphysical and other poems of five important seventeenth-century poets: John Donne, George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, Richard Crashaw, and Andrew Marvell.

The volume, like others in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, is divided into two parts. The first part, "Materials," reviews editions of the poems, anthologies, recommended readings for students, aids to teaching, reference works, and background studies. The second part, "Approaches," presents essays by eighteen teachers in three sections. The first section deals with general discussions and backgrounds, addressing such important topics as seventeenth-century love poetry, religion, iconography, and representations of women in metaphysical poetry. Another group of essays explores various course contexts, including lower- and upper-division survey courses and a humanities-based composition course. The final section presents essays focusing on each of the five poets.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching the Metaphysical Poets

Sidney Gottlieb

Individual Authors

Required and Recommended Readings for Students

Aids to Teaching

The Instructor's Library
Reference Works
Background Studies and Critical Works
Studies of Individual Poets



Teaching against the Tradition
Annabel Patterson

General Discussions and Backgrounds

Vivifying the Historical Approach: Exercises in Teaching Seventeenth-Century Love Poetry
E. R. Gregory

Tottel's Miscellany and the Metaphysical Poets
William A. Sessions

Teaching about the Religion of the Metaphysical Poets
Gene Edward Veith, Jr.

Iconographic Perspectives on Seventeenth-Century Religious Poetry
Albert C. Labriola

Discovering the Old World: The Renaissance Emblem Book as Cultural Artifact
Huston Diehl

On Altering the Present to Fit the Past
P. G. Stanwood

"New-found-land": Teaching Metaphysical Poetry from the Other Side
Ann Baynes Coiro

Course Contexts

Ben Jonson and the Metaphysical Poets: Continuity in a Survey Course
Robert H. Ray

Metaphysical, Mannerist, Baroque: A Seminar for Undergraduates
Faye Pauli Whitaker

Teaching in the School of Donne: Metaphysical Poetry and English Composition
Steven Marx

Teaching the Metaphysical Poets in a Two-Year College
Mark Reynolds

Poetic Affinities: Metaphysical and Modern Poets
Bridget Gellert Lyons

Approaches to Specific Poets

Teaching Donne through Performance
Nicholas Jones

Songs and Sonnets Go to Church: Teaching George Herbert
Richard Strier

Representing Vaughan to Undergraduates
Jonathan F. S. Post

Richard Crashaw: The Neglected Poet
John R. Roberts

Teaching Marvell
Heather Dubrow

Works Cited

Index of Works

Index of Names

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