ENGL 212: Poetry and Plays Report a Broken Link

ENGL 212 introduces forms of poetry, with a wide variety of examples from Shakespeare to Atwood, examining themes, structure, style, and imagery.

The second part of the course introduces the elements and forms of drama and provides a historical perspective on the development of drama with reference to three plays: a tragedy from the early seventeenth century, a tragi-comedy from the late nineteenth century, and a modern comedy.

Supplementary Materials List


Poetry
This site contains suggestions and tips for reading poetry.
Several definitions of poetry from various poets.

This is a handout containing advice on writing an explication of a poem.

Poetic Forms
An extensive website on the ballad form.
A description on the form and technique of free verse poetry.
This site contains links to several versions of “Bonny Barbara Allan.”

Pastoral poetry with links to Marlowe and Raleigh.

A brief description of the ballad form.
On reading lyric poetry.
A site on the history and diversity of sonnets.

A critique of “Lyrical Poetry as a Natural Genre.”

A brief and generalized description of odes.

A brief description of sonnet types.
Margaret Atwood
A biography and an essay by Atwood on her writing philosophy.

This site contains a bibliography of publications on Margaret Atwood and her works, and a list of additional Internet resources.

Bill Bissett

A biography, list of publications, and list of critical materials on bissett’s work.

William Blake

This site, set up by faculty members of Union College, NY, contains some interesting biographical material, including information on Blake’s art and his philosophy of life.

An annotated bibliography.

An extensive site that provides access to Blake’s major visual and literary art.
Anne Bradstreet

A biography, links to poems, and a bibliography.

Robert Browning

Commentary on “My Last Duchess.”

A comprehensive site on Robert Browning’s life and works, and the history and politics of his time.
George Elliott Clarke

CBC Radio interview with and audio clips of George Elliott Clarke.

Athabasca University Canadian Writers Website. Contains a brief biography of Clarke, a detailed bibliography, and links.

Leonard Cohen
Find words and phrases used in Cohen’s poetry, prose, and songs.
This site, set up by Sony Music Canada, contains lists of Cohen’s records and all Cohen’s song lyrics.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A comprehensive site containing Coleridge’s poetry, literary theory and criticism, and links to additional resources.

E. E. Cummings
This site contains links to biographical, critical, and bibliographical information about E. E. Cummings and his poetry.

This website contains full-text articles on the poetry of E. E. Cummings.

Emily Dickinson

A detailed biography and links to critical essays and articles.

An explication of Dickinson’s poem.

John Donne
A comprehensive site on Donne’s life and works, with links to essays and additional resources.
T. S. Eliot
Several brief essays on Eliot’s poem.
A biographical essay and critical essays on several of Eliot’s poems.
A page devoted to T. S. Eliot and his life.
Robert Frost

An annotation of Frost’s poem “Design.”

A biographical essay and critical essays on several of Frost’s poems.
Robert Herrick
A comprehensive site on Herrick’s life and works, with links to essays and additional resources.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
A comprehensive site on Hopkin’s life and works, and the history and politics of his time.
Ben Jonson
A comprehensive site on Jonson’s life and works, with links to essays and additional resources.

An explication of Jonson’s poem.

John Keats

An online gallery hosted by the British Library.

An analysis of Keat’s poem.

A collection of resources dedicated to the second generation Romantic poet.

Dorothy Livesay

A biography, list of publications, and list of critical materials on Livesay’s work.

A detailed biography.
Christopher Marlowe
A comprehensive site on Marlowe’s life and works, with links to essays and additional resources.
This site is dedicated to the study of Marlowe as an innovative poet.
Notes on “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” and “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd.”
John Milton
A comprehensive site on Milton’s life and works, with links to essays and additional resources.
Devoted to the life, literature, and times of John Milton.
Ezra Pound
A list of recommended Pound websites, and a BBC radio interview.
A short biography and links to some of Pound’s most famous literary works.

A critical essay by Donald Lyons.

Al Purdy

A biography, list of publications, and list of critical materials on Purdy’s work.

Sir Walter Ralegh
A comprehensive site on Ralegh’s life and works, with links to essays and additional resources.
Notes on “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” and “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd.”
Adrienne Rich
A biographical essay and critical essays on several of Rich’s poems.
Several brief essays on Rich’s poem.
Duncan Campbell Scott

A biography and a selection of the poet’s work.

William Shakespeare
A paraphrase and analysis of “Sonnet 18.”

This page contains the text to “Sonnet 73,” a paraphrased version, and a commentary.

A paraphrase and analysis of “Sonnet 116.”
A paraphrase and analysis of “Sonnet 130.”
Alfred Lord Tennyson
A site designed for students, containing notes on the poem, illustrations, and additional links.
A comprehensive site on Tennyson’s life and work, with links to essays and additional resources. Contains information on how to write an essay about Tennyson’s poetry!
Tom Wayman
An essay by Wendy Keitner.
This site includes a biography on the life of Tom Wayman, a list of his literary works, his writing philosophy, a list of published works, and other resources.
William Wordsworth
This museum provides information about the centre for British Romanticism and home of William Wordsworth.
This site contains an extensive list of links to biographical, biblographical, critical, and historical information.
William Butler Yeats
This site contains information on Yeats’s career and writing.
Plays
Henrik Ibsen

A celebration of Ibsen on the 100th anniversary of his death. Contains biographies, links, and a list of plays in production.

An e-text of Hedda Gabler with an introduction by William Archer.

An interview with Cate Blanchett on playing Hedda Gabler.

A Hedda Gabler Study Guide.
Ann-Marie MacDonald

This site contains biographies of Ann-Marie MacDonald, a list of books and literary award, reviews, quotes, and links to extra resources.

This essay gives a detailed description of the play, including explanations and examples of certain themes, symbols, and other literary devices.
William Shakespeare
Shakespeare Illustrated explores nineteenth-century paintings, criticism, and productions of Shakespeare’s plays and their influences on one another.
Renaissance Drama from its medieval origins to the closing of the theatres.

Lectures on the substance and construction of Shakespeare’s Tragedies, including Othello.

Shakespeare: his biography and dramas, and Elizabethan times.

The text of Othello can be found here.

General Sites
A guide to Internet resources in theatre and performance studies.
An online encyclopedia of Canadian theatre and drama.
Dozens of links to literary sites.
A comprehensive website dedicated to poetry and poets.
The Victorian Web is a comprehensive website dedicated to all aspects of Victorian society, culture, aesthetics, authors, literary canon, and genres.
A website for humanities research with links to humanities and humanities-related resources.
Writing and Glossary Sites
Available through Athabasca University Library.
This site is designed to assist Athabasca University students with essay writing.