Poetry circle (English spoken)
“A poem should not mean/But be.”
Archibald MacLeish, “Ars Poetica” from Collected Poems 1917-1982.
Poetry makes the ear tingle, the skin crawl, the mind buzz, the heart glow. Poetry can march or waltz through rhythm, whine, whisper, hiss and roar through its sound, invite thought, share emotion, puzzle, startle, and enlighten.
In this course we will discover how poetry does what it does; how shape, sound and rhythm work. Although no two readers read the same poem, we will see how poetry can speak across space and time because it touches on experiences we all share. Because we will examine very carefully how poets use language and how this language depends on context to be fully understood, this is a course for those who enjoy sharing ideas about poetry, as well as for those who welcome an opportunity to strengthen or extend their command of English.
In the first series of six 90-minute lessons we will look at the poetry of Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney. We will examine poems about childhood, growing up in rural Northern Ireland, poems about the violence connected with “The Troubles”, poems about work, soil, what it means to be rooted. For those who wish to continue on from there, there is an array of possibilities. There is no expectation of prior knowledge or homework, although opportunities to read further will be suggested.
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