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NPTEL and Indian Institute of Technology Madras via YouTube


COURSE OUTLINE: This course on Poetry introduces students to various forms of poetry like tale, ballad, sonnet, lyric, epic, mock epic, satire, elegy, ode, dramatic monologue, free verse, etc., primarily from British poetry historically, also including a few poets from the US and India, with a view to cultivating an imaginative leap through empathy and effective communication in students. Students will learn about different poetic techniques and linguistic devices used by poets to communicate their feelings and thoughts exactly and creatively.


The Relevance of Poetry.
Approaching Poetry.
Functions of Poetry.
Forms of Poetry.
Poetic Devices.
The Music of Poetry.
Geoffrey Chaucer.
The Prologue.
Elizabethan Poetry.
Sir Thomas Wyatt.
Henry Howard, the Earl of Surrey.
Sir Philip Sidney.
Edmund Spenser (1552-1559).
Michael Drayton (1563-1631).
Samuel Daniel (1563-1619).
William Shakespeare (1564-1616).
Metaphysical Poetry.
John Donne - 01.
John Donne - 02.
George Herbert.
Andrew Marvell.
John Milton - 01.
John Milton - 02.
Neo-Classical and Pre-Romantic Poetry.
John Dryden - 1.
John Dryden - 2.
Alexander Pope – 1.
Alexander Pope – 2.
Thomas Gray.
William Collins.
William Blake.
Romantic Poetry.
William Wordsworth 1.
William Wordsworth 2.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
John Keats.
Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Victorian Poetry.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
Robert Browning.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Matthew Arnold.
Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Modernist Poetry.
William Butler Yeats.
T S Eliot – 1.
T S Eliot – 2.
Wilfred Owen.
Dylan Thomas.
American Poetry.
Robert Frost.
Wallace Stevens.
William Carlos Williams.
A R Ammons.
Langston Hughes.
Feminist Poetry.
Maya Angelou.
Adrienne Rich.
Sylvia Plath.
P. K. Page.
Judith Wright.
Contemporary British Poetry.
Seamus Heaney.
Carol Ann Duffy.
Simon Armitage.
Indian Poetry in English.
Nissim Ezekiel.
Kamala Das.
A K Ramanujan.
Jayanta Mahapatra.
Rukmini Bhaya Nair.
Discussion - 01-Part - 01.
Discussion - 01-Part - 02.
Discussion - 02-Part - 01.
Discussion - 02-Part - 02.
Outro to Poetry - Conclusion.
Henry Vaughan.

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    Very rich course for studying poetry in general and in depth Read my poem It’s true that sorrow may never end But hope has become a dear friend In the midst of a raging storm Hope is always making you warm When you fall it uplifts you to the skies...

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