Lyric poetry is like boot camp for writers. It demands the most precision, the most compression, and the most evocative use of language of all the various literary endeavors. And at its best it is as seductive as love, as assaultive as war, and as satisfying as a great meal. Our poems come from a single anthology The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart, a wide-ranging and comprehensive compendium available in paperback, featuring poets like Emily Dickinson, William Carlos Williams, Robert Frost, William Butler Yeats, Wallace Stevens, Langston Hughes, Theodore Roethke, and yes, Bob Dylan, the recent Nobel Prize winner. “Let us go then, you and I," T. S. Eliot writes in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock … "like a patient etherized on a table.” In other words, fearlessly.
This course helps dismantle the language barriers that keep readers from reading and enjoying poetry, one of the richest experiences in literature.
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