Unravel the mystery & magic of poetry

Present in all cultures, poetry employs language in surprising and sometimes baffling ways in order to evoke feelings or express ideas. In this program we'll immerse ourselves in poetry as we strive to understand what it is, what it communicates, and how.

Under the direction of esteemed writing instructor Charles Green, we'll move away from trying to "get" poems and toward experiencing them, in both formal and free verse. Through discussions and daily writing, we’ll explore what makes a poem a poem and how to take pleasure in reading poetry.

For students who have enjoyed Charles's essay courses, this is a natural transition from prose into poetry.