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This course will be offered in a future semester

Six great poems by John Milton, Emily Dickinson, William Wordsworth, Robert Browning, Langston Hughes, and Elizabeth Bishop will offer us a chance to understand and appreciate the pleasures of poetry. With a close reading of each, we will consider what poetry can do, what it cannot do, and what Emily Dickinson meant when she claimed that reading poetry made her feel “as if the top of my head were taken off.”


SUGGESTED READING:  Copies of the poems will be supplied at the first meeting.

Peter Filkinsis an award-winning poet and translator who teaches literature and creative writing at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. He earned an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University and was formerly the Richard B. Fisher Professor of literature at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. He is the author of four books of poetry, the most recent being “The View We’re Granted” (Johns Hopkins, 2012). He is a past winner of the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin and the Sheila Motton Best Book Award from the New England Poetry Club.

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