355 – Poetic Interlude


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10 Responses

  1. Heather says:

    loved this. i love poetry. i came to love it through growing up with R. L. Stevenson’s Garden of Verse, through Shel Silverstein, through playing with words with my mother. She continued to nurture my love by introducing me to Edna St. Vincent Millay and Frost in high school and letting me sample anthologies that made me want to look for more. Sharing here one of my favorites from a poet I found through friends, Sharon Olds. http://www.poemhunter.com/best-poems/sharon-olds/the-victims/

  2. Lisa says:

    Thank you thank you both! I had one teacher in high school (IB English) that allowed poetry to be fun but, that was long after many teachers had beaten it into the ground.
    It would be amazing if you and your hubby could do more episodes… Just saying…

  3. Tricia says:

    Listening to this episode (which I have burned to a CD so I can easily go back to it again later) made me wish you two were my neighbors. What a great conversation from people who have actually taught.

    I usually teach freshman writing, but some semesters I’m assigned a literature based writing course and I’m always scared to assign the poems that I love but can’t fully explain. Your discussion of not having to know everything and of ways to handle when more than one interpretation is valid were really helpful. Thank you.

    As for discovering new poems. I like Andrew’s idea of just leafing through an anthology and seeing what you like. I’ve done that. I’ve also discovered new poets through TED talks, and NPR’s On Being. I’ve found that our nation’s poet laureates and the poets who are involved in presidential inaugurations tend to be both accessible and incredibly talented. Have you ever read Billy Collins? His work ranges from the serious (“The Names” written for the 1 year anniversary of 9/11) to the really funny (see his dog poems on the TED website).

  4. Rita says:

    Thank you this episode! So much to say. 1. You and Andrew have inspired me to really do what I’ve always wanted to do with my boys. Read poetry. Just read it. One poem at supper whenever the four of us are all together. They aren’t thrilled, but that’s more because a poem means no iPods or other devices at the table. 2. Andrew is so right about how separating the subjects in high school especially and not teaching music unless in chorus or band does our kids a disservice. My best year of high school was the year I had the lucky convergence of British Lit, European History AND an elective–History and Literature of Music. European history was so much easier when I could put it all together in chunks. Nationalism became forever linked with post-Tchaikovsky Russian music. Romanticism meant Chopin and later Beethoven. Add to that A Tale of Two Cities and the Brontes and I have a timeline that has lasted me for 30+ years.

  5. Donna Peyton says:

    First, I do live south of the Mason-Dixon line. Second, although I can’t teach sex, I always tell the kids that I will point it out to them and let them figure it out on their own. This is so much fun, especially with Romeo and Juliet. Some of them start the “OOOO” before I even get there. Then they whisper to each other and there are more gasps and then we move on. It also makes teaching so much easier, because they are discovering it on their own. Third, I also tell them that anything they get out of a poem is valid if they can tell me why or how. And fouth, when I make them write a poem I only grade on the effort, never if they fit the meter that was taught. After all, the Beatles wrote ballads too. I loved this episode, Heather!

  6. Linda says:

    Hey Heather I was so disappointed when I realised that there was no North & South this week – it has taken great will power to wait for the episodes rather than read ahead – and I have never got much out of poetry so I was reluctant to listen to this one but I am so glad I did!! First, it was wonderful to put a voice to your husband, Andrew. Second, the passion! From both of you! I want to find poetry that speaks to me now. Thank you so much for the interlude and for your podcast and for your time!
    PS. Would love to hear more about the Catcher in the Rye. I didn’t get the a-ha moment and I want it!

    • Tricia says:

      I’m with you on Catcher in the Rye. I really didn’t like the book back in high school. I’m now curious if I’d see it differently now (not to mention be able to make sense of the title).

  7. Caroline says:

    Just wondered if you knew that the RSS feed doesn’t work anymore since the reformatting of the home page – the last thing that showed up in my live bookmarks was “Our Library” and since then it’s been radio silence on the RSS feed… It’s not that important but sometimes it was my easiest way to see that the new episode had been published.

    • Ooooh! No! That’s news. Thank Goodness I have a Tech Guru I can go to. Everything on the backend (as far as my ability goes) looks right… but it’s not working. I forwarded this to him, though. We’ll get it fixed now that we know. THANK YOU!!