ENGL 111 - Poetry and Drama

Analytical reading and critical writing are fundamental academic skills. English 111 introduces students to the kinds of academic writing undertaken in literary studies, focusing on the genres of poetry and drama. Evaluation is conducted through written assignments and in-class examination.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)


Total Weeks: 15




Non-Course Prerequisites:
English 12 with a B, or equivalent (as defined in additional course comments and policies)




Course Content: Students will be exposed to the basic concepts and vocabulary of the formalist literary-critical tradition, with a focus on English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the beginning of the 20th Century.
Unit 1: Speaker and Tone:
-Robert Browning, “My Last Duchess”
-Mary Leapor, “Strephon to Celia: A Modern Love Letter”
-Aphra Behn, “The Disappointment”
-Margaret Atwood, “Death of a Young Son by Drowning”
-E.E. Cummings, “anyone lived in a pretty how town”
Unit 2: Figurative Language:
-Dorothy Livesay, “The Difference”
-John Donne, “Holy Sonnet XIV: Batter my Heart
-Andrew Marvell, “To his Coy Mistress”
-Wallace Stevens, “The Emperor of Ice-Cream”
-Marge Piercy, “The cat’s song”
Unit 3: Poetic Style and Form
-”Barbara Allen”
-William Shakespeare, “Sonnet 130”
-George Herbert, “Easter Wings”
-John Keats, “Ode on a Grecian Urn
-D.H. Lawrence, “Snake”
Unit 4: The Poet
-Irving Layton, “The Birth of Tragedy”
-Denise Levertov, “Caedmon”
-Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “The Lady of Shallot”
-William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming”
-Anne Bradstreet, “The Author to her Book”
Unit 5: Renaissance Drama
-William Shakespeare, King Lear
Unit 6: Restoration Drama
-Aphra Behn, The Rover
Unit 7: Modern Drama
-Peter Barnes, The Ruling Class


Learning Outcomes:
The master objective of ENGL 111 is to introduce students to the fundamental forms and structures of two literary genres, poetry and drama, and to situate these genres in social, historical, philosophical and literary contexts. Analysis is emphasized. Time is devoted to the subject of Writing about Literature, and to philological discussions concerning the place of literary writing in a larger cultural and historical understanding. Students will be expected to:
- Analyze literary and other texts according to objective criteria
- Use genre and other topics for understanding of literary and other texts
- Demonstrate understanding of social and historical contexts of literary genres
- Express a coherent awareness of critical position relative to literary and other texts
- Express various forms of understanding in well-constructed essayistic discourse
- Develop well-structured arguments about literature
- Provide in-text citations and works cited lists.
This course meets the revised criteria developed by the English Studies Committee (2001) concerning the aims of first-year English courses; to develop reading, writing and stylistic skills in students so that they may research and organize content appropriate to their educational level.


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Additional Comments:
ENGL 111 requires English Language Proficiency equivalent to having achieved a grade of B in English 12:
                •             English Literature 12 with a B
                •             English 12 First Peoples with a B
                •             ENGL-050 with a B
                •             ENGL-099 with a B
                •             EASL-060 with a grade of Mastery
                •             University-level placement on the NLC Writing Assessment
                •             Any university-level English course with a "C" grade or higher
                •             IELTS Writing Band with 6.5 or higher (or equivalent)


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.