Why read a poem? Why write one? People say modern poetry as an art form is imperiled in our time, yet everywhere in the world cultures and individuals memorize, recite, and value various forms of poetry. This course will attempt to define this genre of poetry writing, to discuss its particular attributes, to distinguish between good and bad poetry, to explain why so much writing poetry is difficult, and to isolate the sorts of truths modern poetry seems best at conveying. Our focus will be on modern poetry, in English and in translation.
1. Course Introduction
2. Poetry and the Arrest of Life
3. Richard Burton reads 'Adlestrop' by Edward Thomas (1878-1917)
4. Poetry and Difficulty
5. Distinguishing Between Good and Bad Poetry
6. The Poet on Poetry
7. "Sunday Morning," Wallace Stevens
8. "The Graveyard by the Sea," Paul Valéry.
9. "The Moon and the Yew Tree", Sylvia Plath.
10. "At the Fishhouses," Elizabeth Bishop.
11. Philip Larkin and W.H. Auden.
12. What are they trying to tell us?
13. Conclusion, Part One: Poetry: What It Is, And How to Understand It
14. James Merrill's "Santorini: Stopping the Leak." A Poem of Therapeutic Arrestation
15. Love, and the Arrest of Life
16. Charles Wright's Black Zodiac
17. STOPPING THE LEAK: T.S. Eliot's Poem, "Virginia"
18. Poetry and the way it undermines us: Weldon Kees and Donald Justice Part I
19. Poetry and the way it undermines us: Weldon Kees and Donald Justice Part 2
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Ronald Elliot Keepermanpartially completed this course.
I have watched and listened to the Professor's first six lectures and wish to express my thanks for having had that privilege. I "accede" to (with?) her about everything she's elaborated upon thus far. I have had my own moments where Time and Space was (were?) Arrested, so I know how powerful a feeling that such a conf
I have watched and listened to the Professor's first six lectures and wish to express my thanks for having had that privilege. I "accede" to (with?) her about everything she's elaborated upon thus far. I have had my own moments where Time and Space was (were?) Arrested, so I know how powerful a feeling that such a conflagration can engender, and how it needs somehow to be expressed. On another note, I own a copy of G. Keillor's, "Good Poems" and find it full of beautiful and shadowy substances that are just oblique enough to keep me wanting more of them. When judging whether a poem is a good poem or a bad poem I look solely to myself and say, "Wow. That's a good poem." If it pleases me, entertains me, informs me, or good lord, changes me in some indecipherable way then I am glad to have had made its acquaintance. Poems that are totally inpenetrable by me, I hope one day to understand, in the same way that I hope to win the lottery someday. I really do want to win. Poems that are but partially revealing of themselves challenge me, no, tease me like lingerie added to a fine nude model. The truth is meant to be more than oblique, or we'd be in Eden, and not here sucking on apples. (Apologies to Ms. Sexton). Finally, thanks again to Professor Soltan for a remarkable series of lectures on a subject that has certainly (see Douglas Adams famous "Guide") universal implications for the state of beings.
I was extremely disappointed that the links to the lectures did not function, nor did the link to support when I tried to report the problem. I was eager to take the course. Still am, if you can tell me how to access the lectures. I tried different browsers, over different days.
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