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The Art of Poetry

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  1. Conversations
    Conversation 1: Why Study Poetry? (Preview Content)
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  2. Conversation 2: Understanding Poetry through Poems
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  3. Conversation 3: Poetry and Faith
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  4. Lessons & Activities
    Lesson 1: Images (Preview Content)
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    1 Quiz
  5. Activity 1: Images (Preview Content)
  6. Lesson 2: Metaphor
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    1 Quiz
  7. Activity 2: Metaphor
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  8. Lesson 3: Symbols
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    1 Quiz
  9. Activity 3: Symbol
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  10. Lesson 4: Words
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    1 Quiz
  11. Activity 4: Words
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  12. Lesson 5: Sound
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    1 Quiz
  13. Activity 5: Sound
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  14. Activity 6: Rhythm
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  15. Lesson 6: Rhythm
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    1 Quiz
  16. Lesson 7: Shape
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  17. Activity 7: Shape
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  18. Lesson 8: Tone
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    1 Quiz
  19. Activity 8: Tone
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  20. Lesson 10: Verse Forms
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    1 Quiz
  21. Activity 10: Verse Forms
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  22. Lesson 11: Shaping Forms
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  23. Activity 11: Shaping Forms
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  24. Lesson 12: Emily Dickinson—A Case Study in Form
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  25. Activity 12: Emily Dickinson
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  26. Lesson 13: Open Verse
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  27. Activity 13: Open Verse
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  28. Lesson 14: Walt Whitman—A Case Study in Open Verse
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  29. Activity 14: Walt Whitman
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  30. Lesson 15: Narrative Poems
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  31. Activity 15: Narrative Poems
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  32. Growing Student Interest in Poetry
    Lesson 16: Growing Student Interest in Poetry
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  33. End of Course Test
    End of Course Test: Art of Poetry
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Lesson 4 of 33
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Lesson 1: Images (Preview Content)

In this session, join Christine Perrin for a roundtable discussion with four students about the use of images in poetry.

Discussion topics

  • (02:45) How would you define an image?
  • (11:30) How do images work in poems?
  • (14:30) Reading and discussion of The Panther
  • (19:45) Is there anything else to add to the observation of the basic picture that we are looking at? How is the image being made into an experience?
  • (22:00) How do you know that there is some empathy on the part of the observer towards this cat?
  • (23:30) What do you observe about the ending of the lines and the kind of punctuation that is being used?
  • (25:40) What is happening in the second stanza, and why does the punctuation aid the content?
  • (30:25) Rilke creates and image, which is symbolic, which is so powerful that as readers we enter into his imagination, and we fill in some of those blanks.
  • (31:00) Can you think of cages that culture can put people in?
  • (35:30) Reading and memorizing of Dust of Snow by Robert Frost
  • (36:35) Are there any vocabulary words that we need to define?
  • (39:05) What are we looking at, touching, and feeling?
  • (41:40) Has a little thing ever pierced your mood or your day, and lifted you up?
  • (43:00) Are there any other comments about imagery and its relationship to our emotional lives, or its ability to stop time for a little bit?
  • (44:15) If we were going to over interpret this poem, what direction would we try to take the conversation?