Poetry: What It Is, and How to Understand It

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Poetry: What It Is, and How to Understand It

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A Faculty Project Course - Best Professors Teaching the World

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.

See Prof. Soltan in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Category: Humanities

Over 19 lect…

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A Faculty Project Course - Best Professors Teaching the World

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.

See Prof. Soltan in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Category: Humanities

Over 19 lectures and 8 hours of content!

Margaret Soltan is an English professor at George Washington University in Washington DC.  Her interest in twentieth century poetry and fiction is reflected in the title of her co-authored 2008 book, Teaching Beauty in DeLillo, Woolf, and Merrill (Palgrave Macmillan).  She also authors a blog, University Diaries, which critiques the modern American university.

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