Poetry is the primal literary art form; for its combination of conciseness and richly suggestive expression, it has no rival. A favorite poem is your friend and companion. Forever. Now, with these 24 lectures, you can learn to savor poetry to a fuller degree than you ever imagined possible. Professor Spiegelman invites you to share what he has learned throughout his career as a scholar of some of the world's most powerful, most enduring, poems.
Throughout these lectures, you'll finally grasp poetic patterns, techniques, habits, and genres and develop the toolkit needed to enrich your appreciation of this enduring literary form. How will you develop these tools? Simple: through a careful reading and thoughtful analysis of more than 100 outstanding poems from many of our best-loved poets.
You'll sample a rich variety of verse forms from all the periods of English literature from the Renaissance to the present. You'll leave no line unturned in thinking about these poems with respect to their unique nature, their use of familiar and strange words, their overarching themes, and more.
If you encounter existing favorite poems here, chances are you'll come away with a more profound sense of why you like them so much. And you'll almost certainly find yourself adding entirely new pieces of verse to those you rank among your favorites.
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