The Pleasures of Poetry
An appreciation and understanding of poetry can be cultivated, blossoming into a lifelong passion. From haiku to epic narrative, this class will explore the infinite variety of this ever-evolving genre. We’ll discuss the nuts and bolts of form, meter, metaphor, and imagery, and how each plays a part in making a poem. There will be reading assignments from the textbook, followed by class discussion. If you’re also interested in writing poetry, heed the words of Mary Oliver, who says, “There is no better teacher than reading good poems.” No background in literature is required.
April is National Poetry Month—come celebrate with us!
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After completing this course, participants will be able to:
- Identify the basic elements of poetry: form, meter, image, and musicality
- Integrate the reading of poetry into their lives with a deeper level of appreciation
- Recognize the many resources available to poetry lovers in the 21st century, whether online, in print, or in the larger community