13 yrs and up, $175.00, 14 week course  – No prerequisite

This course is a delightful introduction to the poetry of the English language with a focus on learning to understand and take pleasure in verse. While gaining the skills and nuance of reading poetry, students will concentrate on a different theme each week and study how various poets explore and challenge that theme through their poems. This is primarily a reading course, but students do have the voluntary opportunity to write and share their own verse in imitation of the week’s poems.  A wide variety of works are studied, including Shakespeare, Tennyson, Dickinson, Wordsworth, and Frost.

Lesson 1: How to read and understand poetry
Prodigal Son (Kipling)
The Eagle (Tennyson)
To Lucasta on Going to the Wars (Richard Lovelace)
The Conqueror Worm (Egar Allan Poe)
April Rain Song (Langston Hughes)
Nothing Gold Can Stay (Frost)

Lesson 2: Reading Poetry Out Loud
Sonnet 18 (Shakespeare)
As Kingfishers Catch Fire (Manley Hopkins)
The Brook (Tennyson)
Lochinvar (Walter Scott)

Lesson 3: Heroism and Adventure
The Road Not Taken (Frost)
Ulysses (Tennyson)
If (Kipling)
The Builders (Longfellow)

Lesson 4: What is Love?
She Walks in Beauty (Byron)
Sonnet 116 (Shakespeare)
Sonnet 138 (Shakespeare)
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love (Marlowe)
Sonnets from the Portuguese 7 (Barrett-Browning)
Love is Not All (St. Vincent Millay)
Scholars (Walter de la Mare)

Lesson 5: The Wonder of Nature
To A Snowflake (Francis Thompson)
The Snowstorm (Emerson)
Spring and Fall (Hopkins)
Euclid (Vachel Lindsay)
Tintern Abbey (Wordsworth)

Lesson 6: Man and Nature
Daffodils (Wordsworth)
The Return (St. Vincent Millay)
God’s Grandeur (Manley Hopkins)
The World is Too Much With Us (Wordsworth)
Out Where the West Begins (Arthur Chapman)

Lesson 7: God and Man
Holy Sonnet XIV (John Donne)
Upon the Body of Our Blessed Lord (Richard Crashaw)
Invictus (William Ernest Henley)
Easter Wings (George Herbert)
The Elixir (George Herbert)

Lesson 8: The Mystery of Death
The Deserted House (Tennyson)
Prospice (Robert Browning)
Thanatopsis (William Cullen Bryant)
In Memoriam A.H.H. [Intro only] (Tennyson)

Lesson 9: Animals and Creatures
The Tiger (Blake)
The Fog (Carl Sandburg)
The Kraken (Tennyson)
The Owl and the Pussycat (Edward Lear)
A Bird Came Down the Walk (Dickinson)
The Bear on the Delhi Road (Earl Birney)

Lesson 10: The Human Experience
Time, Real and Imaginary: An Allegory (S.T. Coleridge)
Peace (Sara Teasdale)
We Wear the Mask (Paul Lawrence Dunbar)
The Folly of Being Comforted (Yeats)
The Lake Isle of Innisfree (Yeats)
Up-Hill (Christina Rossetti)

Lesson 11: Ballads
The Lady of Shallott (Tennyson)
The Cremation of Sam McGree (Service)

Lesson 12: Fun and Funny Poems Lesson
There Once Was a Puffin (Florence Page Jacques)
The Jabberwocky (Lewis Carroll)
Pizza the Size of the Sun (Jack Prelutsky)
Selections from “A moral Alphabet” (Hillaire Belloc)

Lesson 13: New Life & Childhood
Shade Tree (Jeanne Cassler)
Little Lamb (Blake)
The Children’s Hour (Longfellow)
Birches (Frost)

Lesson 14: Poetry Recitations