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English 12
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What is it about Shakespeare’s writing that made him such a genius? Why did William Blake make those strange etchings and engravings? In this course you will read famous works within the British literary tradition to understand their influence on later authors. Additionally, you will learn about different literary forms and devices that shape the style of a piece. By the end of the course, you’ll have a feel for how you can employ literary strategies to improve your writing.

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SEMESTER 1
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Unit 1: The Foundations of British Literature, Pt. 1
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  • Introduction
  • Beowulf
  • "Caedmon's Hymn"
  • Grendel
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Unit 2: The Foundations of British Literature, Pt. 2
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  • Writing Workshop
  • Literature Focus - Poetry
  • "The Wanderer"
  • "The Seafarer"
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Unit 3: The Hero in British Literature
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  • The Canterbury Tales
  • The Hero's Journey
  • "The Knight's Tale" 
  • "The Monk's Tale"
  • Sir Gawain and The Green Knight
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Unit 4: Renaissance Poetry
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  • John Donne "A Valediction Forbidding Mourning", "Death Be Not Proud", and "The Compass"
  • George Herbert "Easter Wings" and "The Pulley"
  • William Blake "The Tyger" and "The Lamb"
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Unit 5: Shakespeare
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  • Macbeth
  • Shakespeare and His Life and Time
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SEMESTER 2
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Unit 6: The Romantic Period, Pt. 1
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  • William Wordsworth "I Wander Lonely As a Cloud"
  • Percy Shelley "Ozymandias" and "To a Skylark"
  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
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Unit 7: The Romantic Period, Pt. 2
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  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
  • Poetry of John Keats and Lord Byron
  • John Keats "Ode on a Grecian Urn" and "Ode to a Nightingale"
  • Lord Byron "She Walks In Beauty" and "My Soul is Dark"
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Unit 8: The Victorian Period
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  • Victorian Literature
  • Robert Browning "My Last Duchess" and "Porphyria's Lover"
  • Thomas Hardy "Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?" and "The Convergence of the Twain"
  • Alfred Lord Tennyson "Ulysses" and "Tears, Idle Tears"
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Unit 9: The Modern Period, Pt. 1
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  • George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion
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Unit 10: The Modern Period, Pt. 2
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  • W.H. Auden "Lullaby" and "Friday's Child"
  • T.S. Eliot "Gerontian" and "The Waste Land"
  • Ezra Pound "In a Station of the Metro" and "Canto I"
  • Stella Gibbons "Cold Comfort Farm"
  • Seamus Heaney "Digging" and  "Blackberry Picking"
  • James Joyce "Araby"