ENGL 212 : Plays and Poetry Report a Broken Link

ENGL 212 introduces the elements and forms of drama, and provides an historical perspective on the development of drama, with reference to three plays: a tragedy from the sixteenth century, a tragi-comedy from the early twentieth century, and a modern comedy. In the second unit the course introduces forms of poetry, with a wide variety of examples from Shakespeare to Atwood, examining themes, structure, style, and imagery.


William Shakespeare
Renaissance Drama Renaissance Drama from its medieval origins to the closing of the theatres.
Emory: Shakespeare Illustrated Shakespeare Illustrated explores nineteenth-century paintings, criticism, and productions of Shakespeare’s plays and their influences on one another.
Literary Links: Shakespeare This Shakespeare site is has links to: Works Available On-Line, Biographical Data, Study and Criticism, and The Authorship Question.
Shakespeare’s Life and Times Home Page Shakespeare: his biography and dramas, and Elizabethan times.
Shakespearean Tragedy Lectures on the substance and construction of Shakespeare’s Tragedies, including Othello.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare The text of Othello can be found here.
George Bernard Shaw
Bernard Shaw: A Brief Biography A biography of George Bernard Shaw.
“Unauthorized Authority: George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan.” An essay on Shaw’s Saint Joan by Heather Eaton.
Joan of Arc Annotated links about Joan of Arc.
Ann-Marie MacDonald
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.
“Parody in Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet).” This site gives a detailed description of the play, including explanations and examples of certain themes, symbols, and other literary devices.
Poetic Forms
Reading Lyric Poetry On reading lyric poetry.
Poetic Forms: The Ballad A brief description of the ballad form.
Sonnet Central A site on the history and diversity of sonnets.
The Sonnet A brief description of sonnet types.
Pastoral Poetry Pastoral poetry with links to Marlowe and Raleigh.
The “Lyrical Pastoral”: A Natural Genre? A critique of “Lyrical Poetry as a Natural Genre.”
The Ode A brief and generalized description of odes.
Narrative Poetry A definition of narrative poetry and links to classic narrative poems.
Free Verse A description on the form and technique of free verse poetry.
Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood A biography and an essay by Atwood on her writing philosophy.
The Atwood Society Website This site contains a bibliography of publications on Margaret Atwood and her works, and a list of additional Internet resources.
Bill Bissett
bill bissett A biography, list of publications, and list of critical essays on bissett’s work.
William Blake
The William Blake Archive An extensive site that provides access to Blake’s major visual and literary art.
Blake and Union 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.
“The Tyger” An annotated bibliography.
“London” A student essay on the context of Blake’s poem.
Anne Bradstreet
Anne Bradstreet A biography, links to poems, and a bibliography.
Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672) A chronology and study questions.
Robert Browning
Robert Browning on the Victorian Web A comprehensive site on Robert Browning’s life and works, and the history and politics of his time.
“My Last Duchess” Commentary on “My Last Duchess.”
Leonard Cohen
The official site on Leonard Cohen This site, set up by Sony Music Canada, contains lists of Cohen’s records and all Cohen’s song lyrics.
Bird on a Wire: The Leonard Cohen Home Page Interviews, pictures, song lyrics.
A Concordance to the Poems, Prose and Songs of Leonard Cohen Find words and phrases used in Cohen’s poetry, prose, and songs.
Suzanne Takes you Down A brief essay, interview excerpts, and recordings.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Samuel Taylor Coleridge Archive A comprehensive site containing Coleridge’s poetry, literary theory and criticism, and links to additional resources.
Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson A detailed biography and links to critical essays and articles.
“I’m Nobody! Who are you?” An explication of Dickinson’s poem.
John Donne
John Donne (1572-1631) A comprehensive site on Donne’s life and works, with links to essays and additional resources.
T. S. Eliot
Modern American Poetry: T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) A biographical essay and critical essays on several of Eliot’s poems.
What the Thunder Said A page devoted to T.S. Eliot and his life.
“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” Several brief essays on Eliot’s poem.
Robert Frost
Modern American Poetry: Robert Frost (1874-1963) A biographical essay and critical essays on several of Frost’s poems.
“Human and Divine Design” An annotation of Frost’s poem “Design.”
Robert Herrick
Robert Herrick (1591-1674) A comprehensive site on Herrick’s life and works, with links to essays and additional resources.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Gerard Manley Hopkins on the Victorian Web A comprehensive site on Hopkin’s life and works, and the history and politics of his time.
Ben Jonson
Ben Jonson (1572-1637) A comprehensive site on Jonson’s life and works, with links to essays and additional resources.
Literature Annotations: “On My First Son” An explication of Jonson’s poem.
John Keats
The Life and Work of John Keats 1795-1821 A collection of resources dedicated to the second generation Romantic poet.
John Keats (1795-1821) An online gallery hosted by the British Library.
“Ode on a Grecian Urn” An analysis of Keats’s poem.
Archibald Lampman
Archibald Lampman A biography, list of publications, and list of critical essays on Lampman’s work.
“Lampman Among the Timothy” A critical essay by Kathy Mezei.
“The Poet-Impressionist: Some Landscapes by Archibald Lampman” A critique of Archibald Lampman by Anne Compton.
D.H. Lawrence
The D. H. Lawrence Collection at the University of Nottingham Research resources for the study of D. H. Lawrence, including biographies, bibliographies, and links to critical essays.
Dorothy Livesay
Dorothy Livesay A biography, list of publications, and list of critical essays on Livesay’s work.
Dorothy Livesay A detailed biography.
Christopher Marlowe
Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) A comprehensive site on Marlowe’s life and works, with links to essays and additional resources.
The Marlowe Society This site is dedicated to the study of Marlowe as an innovative poet.
“The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” Notes on “The Passionate Shepherd” and “The Nymph’s Reply.”
John Milton
The Milton Home Page Devoted to the life, literature, and times of John Milton.
John Milton (1608-1674) A comprehensive site on Milton’s life and works, with links to essays and additional resources.
Erin Moure
Canadian Women Poets: Erin Moure A biography, a bibliography of Moure’s work, and criticism about her work.
Michael Ondaatje
Michael Ondaatje Information An extensive list of links to online information about Ondaatje’s life and work.
Michael Ondaatje An essay by Anthony N. Chandler.
Sylvia Plath
Modern American Poetry: Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) A biographical essay and critical essays on several of Plath’s poems.
Ezra Pound
Ezra Pound A list of recommended Pound Web sites, and a BBC radio interview.
Ezra Pound A short biography and links to some of Pound’s most famous literary works.
The New Criterion Online: “A major minor” Ezra Pound’s poetry A critical essay by Donald Lyons.
Al Purdy
Al Purdy A biography, list of publications, and list of critical essays on Purdy’s work.
Sir Walter Ralegh
Sir Walter Ralegh (1552-1618) A comprehensive site on Ralegh’s life and works, with links to essays and additional resources.
“The Nymph’s Reply” Notes on “The Passionate Shepherd” and “The Nymph’s Reply.”
Adrienne Rich
Modern American Poetry: Adrienne Rich A biographical essay and critical essays on several of Rich’s poems.
“Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers” Several brief essays on Rich’ss poem.
Duncan Campbell Scott
Canadian Poetry Archive: Duncan Campbell Scott (1862-1947) A biography and a selection of the poet’s work.
William Shakespeare
Shakespeare Online: “Sonnet 18” A paraphrase and analysis of “Sonnet 18.”
A Study Guide to “Sonnet 73” This page contains the text to “Sonnet 73,” a paraphrased version, and a commentary
Shakespeare Online: “Sonnet 116” A paraphrase and analysis of “Sonnet 116.”
VCCS Litonline: “Sonnet 116” Detailed background on sonnets and instruction on “Sonnet 116.”
Shakespeare Online: “Sonnet 130” A paraphrase and analysis of “Sonnet 130.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley
The Percy Bysshe Shelley Resource Page A comprehensive site on Shelley’s life and works, with links to essays and additional resources.
“Ozymandias” An interactive site with information and exercises on the poem.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
The Tennyson Page 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!
Enjoying “The Lady of Shallott” by Alfred Tennyson A site designed for students, containing notes on the poem, illustrations, and additional links.
Tom Wayman
Tom Wayman 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.
Looking for Owls: the Quest Motif in Tom Wayman’s Poetry An essay by Wendy Keitner.
William Wordsworth
TCG’s Wordsworth Page An extensive list of links to online information about Wordsworth's life and work.
Wordsworth Trust: Dove cottage and the Wordsworth Museum. This museum provides images and biographical information about this centre for British Romanticism and home of William Wordsworth.
William Butler Yeats
Yeats Society Sligo This site contains information on Yeats’s career and writing.
General Sites
A Brief Guide to Internet Resources in Theatre and Performance Studies A guide to Internet resources in theatre and performance studies.
Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia An online encyclopedia of Canadian theatre and drama.
Representative Poetry Online A comprehensive website dedicated to poetry and poets.
Rhythm, Meter and Scansion Made Easy An online guide to meter.
The Victorian Web The Victorian Web is a comprehensive Web site dedicated to all aspects of Victorian society, culture, aesthetics, authors, literary canon, and genres.
The Voice of the Shuttle A Web site for humanities research with links to humanities and humanities-related resources.
English Literature on the Web Dozens of links to literary sites.
Writing and Glossary Sites
The Write Site This site is designed to assist Athabasca University students with essay writing.
The Oxford English Dictionary Online Available through Athabasca University Library.
Glossary of Literary Terms
Glossary of Literary and Rhetorical Terms