Lyric Poetry

Leader: Dr. Kathryn Smith, Co-Director, MAT in Classical Education; Assistant Professor of Classical Education, Templeton Honors College

The modernist poet Ezra Pound describes lyric poetry as the “most concentrated form of verbal expression,” one, we might say, that is best appreciated in the works of poetic masters, those for whom each word in a poem is neither superfluous nor unintended. Indeed, a single conversation about a poem must involve careful attention to the poem’s verbal texture in order to plumb its hidden depths. Coming to understand poetry opens the reader to some of the most important aspects of human experience, and often with time and patience, the most difficult poems reveal themselves. This seminar will focus on ways to understand the various levels of meaning in a poem by exploring the relationship between form and content. Each day will be devoted to a careful reading of some of the greatest lyric poetry in various forms, including: the sonnet, the ode, the elegy, blank verse, and open forms.

June 17-June 28

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

10:00 - 12:00 pm (AZ)

12:00 - 2:00 pm (Central)

1:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern)

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Price: $125.00