Kubla Khan, Christabel, Dejection Ode, and Rime of the Ancient Mariner: In this course we will read, discuss and re-read these and other great poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). Coleridge's troubled life, his drug addiction, and his frustrated love will be explored, along with his remarkable achievements in verse and prose. We'll also learn how Coleridge and his friend William Wordsworth ushered in the Romantic Age, my own favorite era that I hope to make one of yours.
For useful context see "Romanticism" and "Romantic Literature in English” on Wikipedia. Penguin Complete Poems has good texts and notes for under $12 on Kindle. (Note that the free online versions of Kubla and Mariner are not full or correct.) Coleridge is also the subject of one of the best literary biographies, Coleridge, Early Visions and Darker Reflections, by Richard Holmes.
Note: There's no class on Marathon Monday, April 18 as King's Chapel Parish House is closed that day. This 6-session course begins Monday, March 28 and will end on Monday, May 9.