The Sound and Sense of Poetry

0355 The Sound and Sense of Poetry
Grades 10,11,12
Prerequisite: None

Intended for students interested in reading and writing poetry, The Sound and Sense of Poetry will introduce students to the language of poetry; for example, word choice, figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification, etc.), imagery, tone, meter, rhyme, and pattern. Students will learn to interpret poetry based on the text, to respond to poetry, and to write poetry. This course will combine traditional reading and analysis with a workshop format in which students share their poems and critique each other. Though students will read poems from a variety of time periods, written in a variety of languages—translated into English, of course—the bulk of examples will be drawn from modern English-language poetry of the last 100 years. Poets might include Elizabeth Bishop, Billy Collins, Robert Frost, Seamus heaney, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Wislawa Szymborska, and William Butler Yeats, to name a few.