InIntro-to-poetry-clrctroduction to Poetry

From Homer to Hamilton, poetry has been one of the most powerful, diverse, and many-splendored genres in the world, ranging from Anglo-Saxon riddles, folk ballads, wisdom literature, and psalms, to songs of heroes, epic sagas, and rap battles.

Poetry can seem intimidating, but this course will give students a basic introduction to the tools they need to enjoy works of marvelous variety and deep beauty in the Great Tradition. Join us as we explore poetry through the ages, from Homer down to the present day. We'll begin learning how to decipher what can appear to be an incomprehensible jumble of words and sounds, as well as gain the skills for a deeper understanding of fields such as history, theology, theatre, and music.

This course will provide an introduction to the art of poetry through immersion and engagement: reading, writing, memorization, historical and literary surveys, and writing exercises. Each week a set of poetic readings, activities, and vocabulary will be assigned to ground, deepen, and practice what we go over during class sessions. In-class discussions will focus heavily on 1) close readings of individual poems and 2) lectures that give a broader context for the study and enjoyment of poetry. Nota bene: There will be a fair bit of memorization! Students will memorize several poems and write imitation poems in the style of the poets we will be studying.

Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.

This Course is Offered in the Spring Semester Only

PLEASE NOTE:   We are gauging student interest in this course before opening it for Registration.   If you would like to take this class, please click on the "I'M INTERESTED" button below. If we receive sufficient responses, we will endeavor to make the course available for the 2019 Spring term.  

Fall Term Only

(Class is Single Semester) 

Prerequisites:  Introduction to Literature and Composition
is helpful, but not required. 
Instructor:  Tessa Carman,  M.F.A.
tessalynncarman@gmail.com
Age Level:  12 - Adult 
Minimum Enrollment Required: 5 students
Maximum Enrollment: 15 students
Tuition per Semester:  $390 
Early Registration Discount (before June 1): 10% off!
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Class Meets: Thursdays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific
Class Starts on 3 September

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Fall '21 - Spring '22 Registration is Open!

(If you would like to enroll in this class but cannot attend at the posted time, please contact us.  We may be able to open an additional section.)

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Tessa Carman, M.F.A.

Tessa Carman

Tessa Carman studied Politics, Philosophy, & Economics (B.A., magna cum laude) at The King’s College in New York City, where she wrote her thesis on George MacDonald’s fairy tales. She also completed her MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Seattle Pacific University in 2020.

Her family roots are in northern Minnesota, where her father’s crowded bookshelves, her grandfather’s 400-acre farm, and long cold winters were some of her first tutors.

She continues to pursue her love for literature, languages, theology, and theater with her husband, daughter, and son. Some of her favorite things include going for walks with her family, writing at coffee shops with her husband, hiking in the mountains, studying Old English with friends, baking biscuits and scones, exploring used bookstores, and advocating for the Oxford comma.


Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.

~Percy Bysshe Shelley


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30 Poems to Memorize

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Top 500 Poems
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