ERIC Number: ED188174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Without "Authorship 'Meum' and 'Tuum.'"
Thomas, Gordon K.
In an instructional experiment in poetry in a college English literature course, chronology of publication and labels of authorship were ignored in the study of Wordsworth and Coleridge's "Lyrical Ballads." In the original plan for the "Lyrical Ballads," Coleridge was to supply poems treating supernatural elements as real, while Wordsworth was to give ordinary subjects the "charm of novelty" so as to invest them with supernatural feeling. In the instructional experiment, complementary poems were studied together, stripped of textbook apparatus, editorial explication, authors' biographies, and background events. A benefit of the approach was the students' realization that great poetry has been produced by writers working to submerge their own distinct identities to achieve an"associate labor." (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Coleridge (Samuel Taylor); Wordsworth (William)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College English Association (11th, Dearborn, MI, April 10-12, 1980).