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What Makes A Great Poem? Declarative and Public Poems with Charlotte Moore


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Why do some poems resonate in the individual and collective consciousness when many thousands of others fall by the wayside? This seminar examines the special ingredients making up those poems that so triumphantly withstand the test of time.

This session examines poetry as both a shaping of and a response to questions of ideology and belief. How important is poetry in forming and expressing a political or philosophical opinion? How do poets respond to the burning issues of their times? And by what means do they carry their responses into our hearts and minds?

This is the third in a four-part series. In each session, we will discuss four poems, thematically linked, all written in English, spanning five centuries. We will place each poem in its historical and biographical context, then explain why they are regarded as "great.” We will talk about vocabulary, subject matter, imagery, structure, rhyme or its absence, rhythm, word order, and more. The aim is to enhance enjoyment, appreciation, and emotional and aesthetic response to poetry without being academic. Participants with knowledge and no knowledge of poetry are equally welcome to attend!

The English language has a huge vocabulary, fed through the centuries by the languages and dialects of the conquerors and the conquered. This makes it a fertile seedbed for poetry- indeed, our poetic heritage is unrivaled, and it influences us more than we realize. As one of the featured poets, Shelley, put it, "poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.”

Led by a writer and expert on English literature, Charlotte Moore, this interactive seminar will explore poetry in many of its forms. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of many classic poems and why they are considered “great.”

Chosen poems for this session:

  • The Tyger by William Blake
  • Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • The Second Coming by WB Yeats
  • Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

  • Participants will be provided with a handout of each poem before the session.

    This conversation is part of a four-part series on poetry with Charlotte Moore. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of a four-week series.

    Charlotte Moore has loved poetry ever since she can remember. After reading English Literature at Oxford University, she taught in schools before becoming a writer and journalist. She has published four novels, four historical books for children, George and Sam, a memoir of family life with her autistic sons, and Hancox: A House and a Family, a social history based on her 500-year-old house in rural Sussex, England. Her most recent book is The Magic Hour: 100 Poems From The Tuesday Afternoon Poetry Club, an anthology based on the poetry discussion group she runs. She has written widely for newspapers and magazines. She is an experienced speaker at conferences and literary festivals.

    This conversation is suitable for all ages

    90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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    Love Charlotte's approach giving us historical and personal background of the poet, reading the poem and discussing its makeup.

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    Fascinating Poems

    As was true in the two previous sessions, Charlotte Moore conducted an excellent seminar discussing 4 poems. Well worth attending!

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    Slouching and Rising

    When I was in college, I studied literature and poetry during the time of new criticism, meaning that poems were interpreted as words on paper; the poet's inspirations, fears, passions, background, and the times in which he lived were immaterial to understanding the work. Charlotte, a visionary teacher (not to mention reader) of any poem, reunites poem with author, revivifying both poem and audience. An inspiring teacher who brings the very elements from outside within, I rate her teaching of poetry A+. Can I add a +? Okay. A++

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    Declarative Poems

    Love Charlotte's approach giving us historical and personal background of the poet, reading the poem and discussing its makeup.

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    K.F.D.
    Fascinating Poems

    As was true in the two previous sessions, Charlotte Moore conducted an excellent seminar discussing 4 poems. Well worth attending!

    C
    C.F.
    Slouching and Rising

    When I was in college, I studied literature and poetry during the time of new criticism, meaning that poems were interpreted as words on paper; the poet's inspirations, fears, passions, background, and the times in which he lived were immaterial to understanding the work. Charlotte, a visionary teacher (not to mention reader) of any poem, reunites poem with author, revivifying both poem and audience. An inspiring teacher who brings the very elements from outside within, I rate her teaching of poetry A+. Can I add a +? Okay. A++