F408 Winter 2019 American Poets: Their Voices and Visions
Wednesdays, 11:50–1:15, Jan. 23–Feb. 13
Instructors: Brenda Cheadle, Kathryn Russell
American poets speak in a variety of specifically American voices, revealing visions of our culture, the national spirit, or the natural landscape. Become reacquainted with such familiar names as Walt Whitman, T.S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, and others, who help us to see more clearly, to feel more acutely, and to understand more deeply. These poets have had profound influence on other writers of their time and ours. We will also meet some lesser-known modern and contemporary poets such as Richard Wilbur, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Mary Oliver, whose works delight the senses and stretch the imagination. All these poets illuminate our past and project visions of the future. In this course we will explore a rich selection of poems, enhanced by accompanying audiovisual resources.
OLLI members Brenda Cheadle and Kathryn Russell are former Fairfax County Public Schools teachers. They have taught a number of literature courses and share a love of the written and spoken word.