American poet and scholar Jennifer Grotz once wrote, “Poetry is philosophy’s sister— the one that wears make-up.” From ancient times to modern, poetry has been the most complete, succinct, and elegant record of all human wisdom. In this seminar we will read selections from a wide range of poets from Theocritus to Robert Frost to Jorge Luis Borges to Richard Wilbur, in each case examining how different voices from different eras of history have addressed some of the same themes and dilemmas that have absorbed our species from its beginning down to this very day. LIMITED REGISTRATION.
Suggested Reading: Copies of all poems used in class will either be distributed in class or available on the internet.

Robert Ronnow
is a published poet praised by Jane Hirschfield, Naomi Shihab Nye, and W.S. Merwin, among others. He holds a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and is Executive Director of Operations for the. Sheffield Land Trust. He is the author of Communicating the Bird (Broken Publications, 2012) and New & Selected Poems: 1975-2005 (Barnwood Press, 2007)


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