The Sounds of Poetry (MET EN240 OL)

This unique online course gives you the opportunity to experience poetry through its natural medium-the human voice. Like music, poetry resonates and sings when heard, deriving more meaning from the way its language affects the reader and listener alike.

The Sounds of Poetry Course - Robert Pinsky

Using videos and readings from the Favorite Poem Project as a starting point, this class explores how the reader's voice creates a unique relationship with poetry that is more individual in scale than, for example, recital by a skilled actor.

Established in 1997 by Robert Pinsky shortly after he was appointed 39th poet laureate of the United States, the Favorite Poem Project is dedicated to celebrating, documenting, and encouraging poetry's role in the lives of Americans. During the one-year open call for submissions, 18,000 Americans volunteered to share their favorite poems. Professor Pinsky has since published these letters and accompanying poems in several volumes, including a collection of 50 short video documentaries that showcase individual Americans reading and speaking personally about poems they love. The videos have been regular features on PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and are a permanent part of the Library of Congress archive of recorded poetry and literature.

The Sounds of Poetry class is offered online June 30-August 8. View the full course description here.

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