YMB #8 Start With Wonder: A Conversation with Nicholas Ireland

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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  • Karen says:

    Pam, this was a wonderful, inspiring podcast!! I have so many ideas flowing through my head! 😉 We have done a poetry teatime a few times and I really think that we need to do it more. Also, and I know this kind of goes against what Mr. Ireland was saying, but has been something my eighth grade daughter has loved doing, and that is Grammar of Poetry by Matt Whitling. IEW sells it and I also know that Compass Classroom does as well and sometimes they have a deal going on. Brandy Vencel did a review on it about a year ago and recommended it as well as the DVD’ s that go with it. I have to agree with her!! My daughter loves the program and it’s great for her age level. Just had to throw that one out there for your listeners!! I also highly recommend those poetry teatime that Julie Bogart talks about!! All of my kiddos look forward to those!! Thanks again for doing these podcasts! They are an inspiration and keep me going when I don’t want to go anymore. 😉 Have a very blessed day!

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      Glad you liked it! Nicholas and I were talking about a low-entry point to poetry to get people past any barriers they might have. Moving on to a deeper study of poetry is certainly something he would encourage. I have heard wonderful things about Grammar of Poetry. Thanks for mentioning it.

  • Lindsay says:

    This was a great episode and I learned a lot, but I was looking for #10 and the link seems broken as it directs me here over and over, and when I change the number to 10 on the link it says page not found. Can’t wait to be connected to the shownotes! Thank you!!!

  • Nicki says:

    I’m curious which Hopkins poems are Nicholas’s favorites? Especially the one that his friend at camp enjoyed so much that it led to his love for poetry. I just got a collection from the library and would love to know where to start. Thank you!

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      Nicki – Got this from Nicholas: My personal favorite Hopkins poem is The Leaden Echo/The Golden Echo, but I think his best poem is God’s Grandeur.

  • kpmomma says:

    Wonderful podcast, thank you!! This gives me lots to think about for our next school year!!

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