The Art of Poetry

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Poetry lives in any reader, not necessarily in performance by the poet or a trained actor. The pleasure of actually saying a poem, or even saying it in your imagination—your mind’s ear—is essential. That is a central idea of “The Art of Poetry,” well demonstrated by the videos at favoritepoem.org: the photographer saying Sylvia Plath’s “Nick and the Candlestick,” the high school student saying Langston Hughes’ “Minstrel Man.” Those readers base what they say about each poem upon their experience of saying it.

The course is demanding, and based on a certain kind of intense reading, requiring prolonged, thorough— in fact, repeated—attention to specific poems.

The focus will be on elements of the art such as poetry’s historical relation to courtship; techniques of sound in free verse; poetry and difficulty; kidding and tribute—with only incidental attention to “schools,” jargons, categories, and coteries.

Learners are encourage...

Poetry lives in any reader, not necessarily in performance by the poet or a trained actor. The pleasure of actually saying a poem, or even saying it in your imagination—your mind’s ear—is essential. That is a central idea of “The Art of Poetry,” well demonstrated by the videos at favoritepoem.org: the photographer saying Sylvia Plath’s “Nick and the Candlestick,” the high school student saying Langston Hughes’ “Minstrel Man.” Those readers base what they say about each poem upon their experience of saying it.

The course is demanding, and based on a certain kind of intense reading, requiring prolonged, thorough— in fact, repeated—attention to specific poems.

The focus will be on elements of the art such as poetry’s historical relation to courtship; techniques of sound in free verse; poetry and difficulty; kidding and tribute—with only incidental attention to “schools,” jargons, categories, and coteries.

Learners are encouraged to think truly, carefully and passionately about what the poem says, along with how the poem feels in one’s own, actual or imagined voice. As Robert Pinsky says, in the Preface to Singing School: “this anthology will succeed if it encourages the reader to emulate it by replacing it . . . create your own anthology.” In a comparable way, this course hopes to inspire a lifelong study of poetry.

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3 years, 3 months ago
The Art of Poetry, which I studied under Professor Robert Pinsky during Fall 2014 (edX BUx - rec's Honor Code Certificate) was challenging, engaging, and educationally rewarding. Best of all, it whetted my already considerable poetic appetite, leaving me wanting more. I promised myself if ever the program ran again, I would sign up. Hence ... here I am. There is no adequate way to describe what Pinsky brings to a course. The only thing better than having him instruct online would be to have him as a Prof in person, in my view. Since I live in western Canada, I'll take what I can get. For such a celebrated poet, Pinsky brings a quiet authority to his pedagogy that makes learning a very enjoyable experience; you get no sense that he thinks highly of himself. And, I for one, could listen to that voice forever. The content of the course, in brief, discusses poems in depth and uses Pinsky's "favorite poems" teaching model (his book "Ame... The Art of Poetry, which I studied under Professor Robert Pinsky during Fall 2014 (edX BUx - rec's Honor Code Certificate) was challenging, engaging, and educationally rewarding. Best of all, it whetted my already considerable poetic appetite, leaving me wanting more. I promised myself if ever the program ran again, I would sign up. Hence ... here I am. There is no adequate way to describe what Pinsky brings to a course. The only thing better than having him instruct online would be to have him as a Prof in person, in my view. Since I live in western Canada, I'll take what I can get. For such a celebrated poet, Pinsky brings a quiet authority to his pedagogy that makes learning a very enjoyable experience; you get no sense that he thinks highly of himself. And, I for one, could listen to that voice forever. The content of the course, in brief, discusses poems in depth and uses Pinsky's "favorite poems" teaching model (his book "Americans' Favorite Poems" is an excellent text that can be used in conjunction with the course but isn't necessary; I didn't have it the first time I took the course but have it now and am glad of it). Charging the students with the task of figuring out what their favorite poems are and why, while teaching them how to annotate each in a scholarly manner, results in each student having an anthology of twelve of their favorite poems with clear annotations about it; a good start to a collection that might carry on after the course. I know with me, I am adding to the course irregularly, but constantly. This is just one aspect of the course, but it's an important one. As for the provider - edX; I am still getting used to this platform (I am much more familiar with Coursera MOOCs because they are the platform of most of the MOOCs I've studied so far - I will say, I found edX difficult to navigate in some respects - going back and forth in discussions etc. but as far as I remember, the assignments and quizzes worked fairly well.
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