We are once again offering a feast to the lovers of British literature. This time we are focussing on Poetry and taking you on a whirlwind tour spanning several centuries, from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland.
Lovers of English poetry can look forward to being regaled by great poets and poems beginning with extracts from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and then moving into the Elizabethan age where we shall be looking at poets like Sidney, Spenser , Marlowe and of course Shakespeare.
The English Literary canon has until recently been very male centric, so to redress the balance we shall be devoting at least one complete session to women poets – Emily Bronte, Christina Rossetti, Dame Edith Sitwell, Rose Macaulay and May Sinclair.
So we shall end with a flurry of female voices, some of them pre-feminist.
1. Geoffrey Chaucer’s Excerpts from the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales and Excerpts from The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale and Christopher Marlowe’s Helen of Troy from the play Faustus
2. Sir Philip Sidney’s Loving in Truth, I have not pain enough, William Shakespeare’s Shall I compare thee, Seven Stages of Man, Quality of Mercy and Edmund Spenser’s One Day I wrote her name
3. Robert Herrick’s To the Virgins to make much of Time, Sir John Suckling’s A Soldier, RichardcLovelace’s The Snail, Henry Vaughan’s The Retreat and Thomas Carew’s A Deposition from Love
4. John Donne’s Sunne Rising, Cannonization, Andrew Marvell’s To His Coy Mistress and George Herbert’s The Pulley
5. John Milton’s On His Blindness , On Arriving at the Age of Twenty three, John Dryden’s Farewell Ungrateful Traitor, A Song to a Fair Young lady and Alexander Pope’s On a Certain Lady in Court, Ode on Solitude
6. Oliver Goldsmith’s Village Priest and the School Master from The Deserted village and Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
7. William Blake’s Introduction Songs of innocence, Songs of Experience, Chimney Sweeper poems The Lamb, The Tyger and S.T. Coleridge’s Kubla Khan
8. William Wordsworth’s We are Seven, Untrodden Ways, Solitary Reaper, John Keats’s La Belle Dame…, Grecian Urn, When I have fears and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s To a Skylark, Ozymandias
9. Lord Byron’s She Walks in Beauty, When We Two Parted, ‘On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year’, Robert Burns’s A Red, Red Rose and Robert Southey’s Sonnets on the Slave Trade, Sonnets, 4,5 and 6.
10. Alfred Lord Tennyson’s Thithonus/Ulysses, Break Break Break, Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s How do I Love thee , The Cry of the Children and Emily Bronte’s No Coward Soul Is Mine, To Imagination and Often rebuked, yet always back returning
11. Matthew Arnold’s Dover Beach, Marguerite, Robert Browning’s My Last Duchess, Meeting at Night, Parting at Morning and Christina Rossetti’s Echo, After Death, Crying my little one
12. William Butler Yeats’s Cloths of Heaven, A Prayer for my Daughter, The Lake Isle of Innisfree and When You are Old, and W.H.Auden’s Unknown Citizen, O What is that Sound, Musee des Beaux Arts
13. G.M.Hopkins’s The Windhover, Pied Beauty, Spring and Fall, T.S.Eliot’s Excerpts from The Wasteland and Ezra Pound’s Lament of the Frontier Guard
14. Wilfred Owen’s Strange Meeting, Futility, Phillip Larkin’s This be the Verse, Afternoons and Aubade and Keith Douglas’s How to Kill and Aristocrats
15. Rose Macaulay’s Many Sisters to Many Brothers, May Sinclair’s After the Retreat, Kathleen Jessie Raine’s The Pythoness and Elizabeth Jennings’s One Flesh, In a Garden
About the Speakers
Prof.Dr. Sridhar Rajeswaran is a Visiting Professor of Humanities at the Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, University of Mumbai and Department of Atomic Energy. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the CoHaB IDC Constructions of Home and Belonging Indian Diaspora Centre, University of Mumbai. He is Global Faculty at the Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ, USA. He has studied at the Universities of Madras and Bombay. His doctoral work dealt with postcolonial perspectives on the poetry of W.B. Yeats. His postdoctoral areas of research are Modernist Poetry, Modern Indian Drama, Postcolonial Studies and Studies of the Indian Diaspora in Literature and films.
Prof. Dr. Nilufer E Bharucha is Director of the Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging – Indian Diaspora Centre, Visiting Professor of Humanities, Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences and Former Senior Professor and Chair, Department of English, all at the University of Mumbai. Professor Bharucha is Faculty Associate Emeritus, South Asian Studies Institute, University of the Fraser Valley, B.C., Canada and Global Faculty, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ, USA. She has served on the jury of the Commonwealth Literature award and the Sahitya Akademi, Delhi Literature award in English. She has also been on the jury for the Rhodes scholarship. She has authored and edited 6 books in the areas of Postcolonial Indian Writing, Diasporic Indian Literature & Cinema and the Writing of the Parsis. One of her recent books is entitled Indian Diasporic Literature and Cinema. She is co-editor of the CoHaB IDC’s Diaspora Studies Series. She has contributed 3 modules on Indian Diasporic Literature and Cinema to the University Grants Commission’s online Postgraduate E-pathshala.
Dr. Preeti Shirodkar has Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Mumbai, Dr. Preeti Shirodkar, Associate Professor has over 28 years of experience in teaching English Literature, Communication and Soft Skills. She has conducted numerous training programmes and delivered talks for the academia and industry, served at varied undergraduate and postgraduate departments in Mumbai and has been to Germany and England as a Visiting Scholar. A Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, she has also completed 2 Minor Research Projects for the University of Mumbai. She is a recipient of many awards and has written 7 books and has presented and published many articles and papers at national and international forums. She is passionate about teaching, mentoring, editing and creative and critical writing.