Keats and Stevens Syllabus


EN 363.01 Keats and Stevens
MWF 1 p.m.
Location to be announced
Prof. John M. Anderson (
Office: Carney 343 (x2-0556)
Office Hrs: WF 11-12
(and by appointment)

Required Anthologies:

John Keats, Complete Poems (Harvard, 1982)

Wallace Stevens, Collected Poetry & Prose (Library of America, 1997)


Mon. 1/14 Introduction "The Snow Man" and "When I Have Fears"

Wed. 1/16 Stevens, The Comedian as the Letter C and Keats, "On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer"

Fri 1/18 Keats, Endymion Book 1 Sign Up for Presentations

Mon. 1/21 MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY--no classes

Wed. 1/23 Stevens's Readers: "The Reader," "Phosphor Reading by His Own Light," "The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm," and "Large Red Man Reading"

Fri. 1/25 Keats's Sonnets I: "On the Grasshopper and Cricket," "After Dark Vapors," and "On the Sonnet"

Mon. 1/28 Keats's Sonnets II: "On Seeing the Elgin marbles for the First Time," "On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again," and "To Homer,"

Wed. 1/30 Stevens's Prose I: "The Relations between Poetry and Painting"

Fri. 2/1 No Class: Conferences next week

Mon. 2/4 Keats, "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" Presentations begin

Wed. 2/6 Stevens's Belles Dames: "Le Monocle de Mon Oncle," "So-and-So Reclining on Her Couch," and "The Woman in Sunshine"

Fri. 2/8 Keats, "The Eve of St. Agnes"

Mon. 2/11 Stevens, "Sunday Morning"

Wed. 2/13 Keats, Hyperion I

Fri. 2/15 Keats, Hyperion II & III

Mon. 2/18 Stevens, "Examination of the Hero in a Time of War" and "The Situation in American Writing," pp. 803-805

Wed. 2/20 Retrospect: Shakespeare so far

Fri. 2/22 Keats, Otho the Great Act 1

Mon. 2/25 Stevens Bowl, Cat and Broomstick

Wed. 2/27Keats, "Ode to Psyche"

Fri. 2/29 Stevens, "The Idea of Order at Key West" First Paper Due

Mon. 3/3-Fri. 3/7 SPRING BREAK

Mon. 3/10 Stevens, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" and "The Man on the Dump"

Wed. 3/12 Keats, "Ode to a Nightingale"

Fri. 3/14 Keats, "Ode on Melancholy"

Mon. 3/17 Stevens, "The Man with the Blue Guitar"

Wed. 3/19 Stevens's Prose II: "The Noble Rider and the Sound of Words"

Fri. 3/20-Mon. 3/24 EASTER WEEKEND -- no classes

Wed. 3/26 Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn"

Fri. 3/28 Stevens, "Anecdote of the Jar" and "Mr. Burnshaw and the Statue"

Mon. 3/31 Keats, "Lamia"

Wed. 4/2 Stevens, "Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock" and "Peter Quince at the Clavier"

Fri. 4/4 Keats, The Fall of Hyperion

Mon. 4/7 The Owl in the Sarcophagus and "The Sail of Ulysses"

Wed. 4/9 Keats's Letters

Fri. 4/11 Issues: Mythology

Mon. 4/14 Keats, "To Autumn"

Wed. 4/16 Stevens, "Credences of Summer"

Fri. 4/18 Stevens, "Adagia"

Mon. 4/21 PATRIOT'S DAY -- no classes

Wed. 4/23 Stevens's Prose III: "The Irrational Element in Poetry"

Fri. 4/25 Keats, "There was a naughty boy" and Stevens, "The Pleasures of Merely Circulating"

Mon. 4/28 Keats, "Bright Star" and Stevens, "Connoisseur of Chaos

Wed. 4/30 Last day Second Paper due

Sat. 5/10 12:30 a.m. Final Meeting

The grade in this class will be based on four factors: class participation is vital and includes both attendance and vital contributions to the conversation (30%); the first paper is five pages (20%); the second paper is ten pages (30 %); the class presentation is 10-15 minutes (20%).

Boston College rules about plagiarism will be strictly observed: do your own work!

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