Nicholas Ireland, a father of two, teaches humanities to middle schoolers at a classical school in Alabama. On this episode of the podcast, he tackles the subject of poetry.

Why is poetry important? What poems should I start with? What makes good poetry good? What if I don’t understand poetry? What questions should I ask my kids when we talk about the poems we read?

Nicholas answers all these questions and more, plus gives us enough recommendations to keep us busy reading excellent poems for a long, long time. Enjoy!

Start with Wonder: Homeschool Poetry with Nicholas Ireland

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Links and resources from today’s show:

 A Child’s Anthology of Poetry The Roar on the Other Side: A Guide for Student Poets Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems Gerard Manley Hopkins: The Complete Poems (Annotated) A Widening Light: Poems of the Incarnation Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Signet Classics) Beowulf (Signet Classics)

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