Poetry Pathway

Course Summary:



Robert Frost said, "A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom." We might say the delight comes from the ways that poets play with words and use language to create word pictures that speak to the heart. Then, it is that message to the heart that brings the wisdom. This course will begin with a study of the language of poetry, then move on to looking at how poets use the tools of poetry to create their works, and end with using that language and those tools to study some of the world's great poems. Let's begin that journey!




1 - The Language of Poetry


Background Seminar: Purpose of Poetry

Seminar 1 - The Form of Poetry

Seminar 2 - What is Poetry?

Seminar 3 - Voice and Persona in Poetry

Seminar 4 - Line Breaks

Seminar 5 - Verse Form

Seminar 6 - Stanza Length

Post Test

Problem 1: Racism. Separatism. Jingoism

2 -

Tools of

the Poet


Background Seminar - Rhyme

Seminar 1 - Patterns and Rhythm

Seminar 2 - Analyzing Poetry

Seminar 3 - Tools to Create Rhythm

Seminar 4 - Alliteration

Seminar 5 - Effect of Rhyme on Meaning

Seminar 6 - Poetic Qualities of Unrhymed Verse

Post Test

Problem 2: Social Issue Awareness through Poetry

3 -

Analyzing Poetry


Background Seminar - Analyzing Voice and Persona

Seminar 1 - Analyzing Effect of Line Length

Seminar 2 - Analyzing Poetry Through Compare/Contrast

Seminar 3 - Analyzing Style and Theme in Emily Dickinsons Poetry

Seminar 4 - Analyzing Narrative and Persona in Robert Frost’s Poetry

Seminar 5 - Analyzing Two Poems on Parent/Child Relationship

Seminar 6 - Analyzing Poetry as a Bridge Between Generations

Post Test

Problem 3:

Small Town America

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