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the World’s Greatest Poets With Us!

A few spots remain open for this course and it is open to anyone – adults included – high school age and up.
Reading the great poems of the English language was once a common experience for nearly all Americans. This enriching leisure time took place in the home as well as in school. Now, however, the reading of poems – at all, let alone together – is largely a thing of the past. In schools today, poems are often studied – if they are seriously presented at all to students – as one would examine a dissected frog in biology. They are torn apart, cut open, and ripped to shreds all for the purpose of finding a “deeper meaning”. No longer are poems valuable simply because they are good, true, and beautiful. The experience that accompanies the reading of poetry is no longer considered meaningful.

In our new “Major British and American Poets” online class, however, Dr James Taylor (an award winning English, Humanities, Philsophy, and Education professor) and the students in the course will discuss, in admiration and wonder, the great poems of the English language. Each week selections from the two required anthologies (one British, one American) will be read aloud and covered in conversation as the class considers favorite lines, images, and themes in the poems.

The course will not merely read poetry to analyze it. Students will learn poetry by reading it aloud (and sometimes by memorizing it) as it was meant to be learned and heard. Students will consider the construction and, more importantly, the sense, imagery, truth, and beauty of each poem. And neither the teacher nor the students have to settle for anything less than what time and tradition have considered the great poems of the English language.

The atmosphere of the class will be relaxed, leisurely, and free of analysis from any of the particular literary philosophies that tend to pick poems apart in search of “hidden meanings”. The course will assume poetry is natural to all people and that to be truly educated and civilized one must know the great poems of our native tongue.

Students who take this course will:

– come to a deeper appreciation of, and love for, the great poems of the English language

– find a community of lively discussion and cordial debate

– discover their horizons being broadened and their eyes being opened

– learn from an award-winning, experienced professor

– enter more deeply into the CiRCE community and the world of classical Christian education

Day & Time: Monday, 1:30 – 3:00 (EST)
Key Dates: Class Begins August 29th (complete academic calendar)
Cost: $550 (cost covers the whole school year)

Course Texts:

The Mentor Book of Major British Poets, edited by Oscar Williams
The Mentor Book of Major American Poets, edited by Oscar Williams

Required papers: Two papers will be required. Details to be annonced. These willnot be lengthy research papers.Required equipment: Computer with internet access, a head set with ear phones, and a microphone.

Policies: Click here to read about the policies of the CiRCE Institute Online Academy

{This course is open to anyone, high school and up, including adults of any age.}

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