Poetry lives in any reader, not necessarily in performance by the poet or a trained actor. The pleasure of actually saying a poem, or even saying it in your imagination—your mind’s ear—is essential. That is a central idea of “The Art of Poetry,” well demonstrated by the videos at favoritepoem.org. Those readers base what they say about each poem upon their experience of saying it.
This course, offered previously at Boston University and taught by Robert Pinsky & other poets, will focus on elements of the art such as poetry’s historical relation to courtship; techniques of sound in free verse; poetry and difficulty; kidding and tribute—with only incidental attention to “schools,” jargons, categories, and coteries.
Learners are encouraged to think truly, carefully and passionately about what the poem says, along with how the poem feels in one’s own, actual or imagined voice. This course hopes to inspire a lifelong study of poetry, and you will come away with a personal anthology of favorite poems.
Learning Circle programs are lightly-facilitated study groups for learners who want to take online courses together in person. This course consists of 6 sessions. Classes are free, but registration is required. Visit Peer 2 Peer Learning Circles to register.