English Epic Poetry
The history and theory of English epic and mock-epic poetry, with attention to the status of epic in modern times. Consideration of efforts to emulate Homer and Virgil, as well as issues of artistry and interpretation in English translations of ancient epics. Close reading of epics by three or four poets, such as the Beowulf-poet, Spenser, Milton, Pope, and Wordsworth.
Pre Requisites: Pre-req = ENGL 200 or 201 or 202