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Notes from the Classroom: John Stuart Mill's "What Is Poetry?"

With ten minutes left in yesterday’s class, I said, “Sorry, Lord Tennyson. You’re not happening today.” Alfred Tennyson, Emily Brontë, and Matthew Arnold got sidelined, because my students detected something to fret about. 775 more words

Why is modern poetry so bad?

With their insistence on the impermeable barriers of race, gender and class, these liberal post-modernists keep anyone from saying anything about anything but his own private world. 27 more words

My Shameful Addiction - To Poetry

DPF / Gilbert

As I continue to try to not repeat poets and to not split infinitives (eventually, I will repeat, but, for now, it’s fun to see how many days I can go without doing so) I thought I might try something very loosely thematic. 127 more words


John Keats: A poet searching for fulfillment

One of the magical parts of studying poetry is discovering how poets describe what may have before seemed simply indescribable. Through their use of figurative language, through precise choices of words and phrasing, poets manage to speak to their readers in ways that can move them or enlighten them. 1,691 more words

Five Reasons Reasons Why an Arts Degree Isn't Easy

(Specifically from the perspective of an English Literature major)

People have this opinion that a Bachelor of Arts degree is easy, so when I was faced with reactions similar to the one above, especially around the time my first assignment was due and reality of my work load was settling in, I wanted to let my inner Hulk free on the ignorant— 853 more words

On Reflection

The Harlem Renaissance and Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes (first on the left) was a preeminent writer of the Harlem Renaissance. He wrote poetry, focusing on black culture in the twenties. My favorite poem of his was one of the assigned poems titled, “I, Too”. 282 more words

Over the weekend we read “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl”, written by Harriet Jacobs. Her story is a beautifully written narrative about her life as a slave and her struggles to be free. 291 more words