Guide to English Literature 1550-1700

Advanced Level Course

Tutorials: 5

Length of Each Tutorial: 1 Hour

Recommended Age: 14+

Course Summary: Often called the ‘Golden Age’ of English Literature, the period 1550-1700 produced some of the greatest and most famous texts in the world. This course will give you an insight into the works of crucial authors: Donne, Herbert, Sidney, Spenser, Webster, Kyd and more. An excellent boost for those hoping to study Literature at a higher level, or simply wanting to expand your knowledge.


If you are interested in delving deeper into the works of Shakespeare alone, consider our course Shakespeare for Beginners (see below).

What You Receive

5 One-on-one Tutorials

with an Expert Tutor

Interactive and Engaging Exercises and Prompts for Further Study

Lesson Recap Booklet to Save or Print

Report Card with Personal Appraisal from Tutor 


Course Details

Tutor(s):​ This course is taught by several Canis Major tutors, depending on availability, each of whom has studied at Oxford or Cambridge university and holds a postgraduate degree. Please make an enquiry and we will send you the profiles of the tutors who are currently teaching this course.

Course Structure:

Tutorial 1: Introduction

Tutorial 2: Metaphysical Poets: Donne and Herbert

Tutorial 3: Revenge Tragedy: Kyd to Webster

Tutorial 4: Sonnet Cycles

Tutorial 5: The Faerie Queene

Fees: £300

How it Works

  1. Get in touch (below) and let us know which course you are interested in

  2. We will put you in touch with the tutor(s), to schedule the hours of the course around a timetable that is convenient for you.

  3. Your tutor is paid directly through bank transfer*

  4. Tutorials are completed

  5. Student receives an e-certificate and report card

*please note that course fees must be paid in full before the second tutorial has been completed after which refunds cannot be given.

This course is intended to expand a student’s understanding of the topic, cultivate crucial academic skills, and serve as a demonstration of their commitment to learning and capacity for autodidactic study. It is thus the ideal complement to a university application; it cannot be substituted for any necessary element of an application, but it may enhance a student’s overall portfolio. The tutor’s comments in the personalised report received upon completion of the course may be used as references or quotes in an application process.

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