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Romanticizing the Middle Ages

In this high school literature course (history/literature/poetry credit), learn about Romanticism, Neo-Medievalism, and the Middle Ages with famous poets like Blake, Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, Newman, Hopkins and more.

Total classes: 6

Prerequisite: The ability to read and enjoy great art and poetry

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th

Suggested credit: ½ semester Literature, Poetry, or History


This cross-disciplinary course (art and literature) shows students how poets and artists in the nineteenth century romanticized the Middle Ages — and how this neo-medievalism laid the foundations for the great Catholic literary revival of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


Week 1: Romanticism and Neo-Medievalism: William Blake & Dante

Week 2: Romantic Poets and the Blessed Virgin: Wordsworth & Coleridge

Week 3: Knights and Damsels: Coleridge, Keats & Sir Walter Scott

Week 4: Poets and Pre-Raphaelites: Tennyson, Rossetti & Millais

Week 5: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood: Purity & Passion

Week 6: From Romance to Rome: Newman & Hopkins

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: All poetry will be provided in a single document free by Professor Pearce for use throughout the course. The works of art will be illustrated in the PowerPoint Presentations for each class.

Homework: The homework for each class will include the reading assignment for the week (approximately 1 hour) and then reviewing for, and taking, the weekly quiz (approximately 1 hour).

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