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The World of Poetry

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CourseGraphic Plato said, “Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.” Do you enjoy reading or listening to poetry? Do you feel as though a poem elicits some emotion from you, but you're not sure how to begin to understand it?  In The World of Poetry, we’ll search for vital truth in works of a variety of poets, classic and contemporary. We will take turns choosing a poet or a poetry collection and leading a discussion of the selected poems. After presenting a brief background sketch on the works we will pursue, each class member will lead the discussion as we take turns reading the poems aloud. We’ll explore the poems in depth, sharing interpretations, questions, and associations to the subject matter, as well as the poem’s imagery and form. The Poetry Foundation,, Poetry Magazine, and other sources of information on poetry may be presented. We may listen to interviews with and readings by poets and possibly examine relevant essays or book reviews. We’ll try to keep each other informed of poetry events around town and may attend one or two together. This study group, however, will mainly be about the poems we select – listening to them read aloud, discovering their magic, and sharing our often-disparate thoughts. Prepare to leave the outside world behind for a few hours as you escape into poetry and collegiality. No class on 11/28/19.

Class Details

13 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Susan Ataman2.Steven Bloomberg 



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Schedule Information

Skip dates: (No class on 11/28/2019)

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
9/12/2019 - 12/12/2019 Weekly - Thu 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Steven Bloomberg  ; Susan Ataman  ClassRoom