Close Reading Poetry

In this five-week intensive course, we will examine some of the most well-loved poems in the English canon, including but not limited to works by:  William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, John Keats, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Robert Frost.  Students will be guided in the skill of close-reading a text, and will learn to identify a range of rhetorical devices as they see them masterfully employed by these writers.  There will also be an emphasis on enjoying the poems, with a student-led element guiding some choices of which poems we discuss.

Students and parents can choose either a graded or ungraded option for this course. The graded option includes a participation grade and a mandatory written assignment due as a culminating project.

Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Susan Francino, B.A.
Age Level:  14 - 19 years
Grade Level:
8 and above
Minimum Enrollment: 5
Maximum Enrollment:
Class Meets:
Mondays and Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 AM Pacific, for 5 weeks, May 24 - June 21

All required materials will be online and/or provided by the instructor.

    Susan Francino, B.A.

    Susan Francino graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hillsdale College with a B.A. in Latin in 2015. She began studying Latin at age thirteen, and did not even consider stopping until she was halfway to earning a degree in it. She has been teaching Latin and Literature courses since graduating from Hillsdale, and also works as an editor. A lifelong writer, Susan is currently earning a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Seattle Pacific University. Her hobbies include taking long walks near her Pennsylvania home and learning Byzantine chant.