Section: Literature, Summer   |   School: School of Rhetoric

Could the mighty Anglo-Saxons have recounted the brave deeds of Beowulf in anything other than hard consonant sounds? Why is the death of Roland during the Battle of Roncevaux best told in the soft sounds of assonance? Oftentimes, the study of poetry begins with a historical lecture and works backwards to the poem itself. In this course, we will let the poem speak for itself and learn the language of enjambment, rhythm, meter, rhyme, and so much more. But beware! We will not study poetry as if a lifeless corpse of words on a blank page! Students must be ready to recite, explicate, and imitate the poetic voice of others.Be careful, though … you may fall in love!

Text:  A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver.  The instructor will also provide a wide selection of poetry for the course.