Poetry of Faith and Doubt
This course will focus on poetry that explores questions of religious faith and doubt. Texts will be drawn from both the English and American traditions. We will examine works by some of the Metaphysical poets (Donne, Herbert, Vaughan, Herrick), Milton, Blake, Rossetti, Hopkins, Whitman, Hardy, Frost, Yeats, and Larkin, so the chronological range is wide (from the 17th to the 20th centuries). In addition, we will listen to several musical settings (including Christmas carols) of the poetry.
John Noffsinger earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia and taught for 38 years in three independent schools. He has also recently taught No Fear Poetry and Highlights of British Poetry for LLI.
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