This course includes selected texts of four literary theorists namely Matthew Arnold, William
Wordsworth, Samuel Tylor Coleridge and T. S. Eliot. After reading their theories, the students will be
able to form an idea of their respective period and apply them in specific situations.
From Arnold’s The Study of Poetry, the students will learn Arnold’s view of poetry and why Arnold
places poetry above all the other branches of knowledge. They will also be familiar with the touchstone
methods and other important cocepts discussed by Arnold. From William Wordsworth’s Preface to
Lyrical Ballads, the students will learn Wordsworth’s view of the subject matter and language of poetry,
concept of meter, concept of poet, definition of poetry and process of poetic creation and many other
concepts put forward by him.
From selected chapters of Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria, the students will be familiar with
Coleridge’s critical thoughts on imagination and willing suspension of disbelief among many others.
From Eliot’s Tradition and Individual Talent, his critical remarks on tradition and its relationship with
individual talen along with his concept of poet as a catalyst and theory of depersonalization will be
covered in the course. The learning activities include, but not limited to, interactive lecture sessions,
remembering the basic concepts, question answer sessions, group works and presentations.