Please bring the Wyatt poems from last time and be ready to discuss what effect the refrains have, the repeated lines ending the stanzas, in Wyatt’s poems “My lute, awake!” and “Blame not my lute.”
For readings on Elizabeth I, use this file: Elizabeth I from Norton. Read the brief biography on Elizabeth I on pp. 593-94 and read her short “Speech to the Troops at Tilbury” on p. 597. This article offers a survey of some of the many portraits of Elizabeth I.
In addition, you should also cover the following from Edmund Spenser’s Amoretti and Epithalamion (note that in the interest of time, I’ve decided against including selections from The Faerie Queene). The file is here: Spenser, Amoretti and Epithalamion
**The copy of this turned out quite poorly. If you’re having a hard time reading these, try this link instead. Note, also, that you only need to print out the poems that are assigned, not the the entire packet.**
- Read the first page of the introduction, p. 585.
- Skim the numbered points in the rest of the introduction, pp. 586-97.
- Pick one or two lines that you like or that piques your interest from one of these sonnets. Be ready to write a few sentences in class and discuss why you chose those lines.
- Skim the introduction to the Epithalamion, just so you get an idea of what it is about.
- Listen to the following playlist, and here is the playlist guide: During Elizabeth I’s Reign