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.
Instructor: Susan Francino, B.A.
Age Level: 14 - 19 years
Grade Level: 8 and above
Minimum Enrollment: 5
Maximum Enrollment: 15
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.