Getting the Most from Poems

Getting the Most from Poems

Thursday - 3:30pm

First Class: 1/12/23

Last Class: 2/9/23


Instructor: Herb Levine

Herb Levine has been sharing poems for over 40 years. He taught poetry at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA from 1977-92. More recently, he has been sharing his own bilingual poems in the volumes, Words for Blessing the World (2017) and An Added Soul (2020). He is also the author of books on Yeats and the biblical Psalms. He has taught this course at PCU several times before.

Course Description

This is a class in appreciating the special experience that poems have to offer. Students prepare for class by reading the selected poems both aloud and silently. Readings are about 10-12 pages per week and the poets selected, one per week, have all served as Poet Laureate of the United States. The goal of the class is threefold: 1) to give participants skills to bring to any poem they might encounter, 2) to build a habit of reading poems with appreciation and 3) to find particular poets that each student would like to know better. This class will repeat the material taught in April-May 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic and will cover the poets: Tracy K. Smith, Joy Harjo, Stanley Kunitz, Philip Levine and W.S. Merwin.

People who studied these poets with me before should not enroll.

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