Poetry circle spring '23 (English spoken)
“A poem should not mean.
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 120-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.
Teacher: Greta Timmers
If you have questions about this course, you may send her an e-mail.
The email address of the teacher can be found at the bottom of this page.
Recently retired, she misses the exchange of ideas that literature can bring, as well as the connection with people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse experiences.
She offers courses in poetry since most poems can be read and discussed in the time available - a practical reason – but also because there is such a range of possible approaches; poems connect through their authors, their times, their genre, their themes, their voices -the possibilities are legion. The key word for this course is enjoyment. Shared enjoyment.
If you have questions for the teacher, mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org