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!
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Links and resources from today’s show:
- A Child’s Anthology of Poetry compiled by Elizabeth Sword
- The Roar on the Other Side by Suzanne Rhodes
- Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins
- Gerard Manley Hopkins: The Complete Poems
- A Widening Light: Poems of the Incarnation by Luci Shaw
- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
- Links to Poetry Foundation for many of the poets and poems (including some audio) Nicholas mentioned:
- Gerard Manley Hopkins
- Billy Collins
- Robert Louis Stevenson
- Lewis Carroll
- Ogden Nash
- Rudyard Kipling
- Hilaire Belloc
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- Robert Frost
- “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
- “The Cremation of Sam McGee” by Robert Service
- “Fog” by Carl Sandburg
- “The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams
- Librivox recordings of “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll
A Child’s Anthology of PoetryThe Roar on the Other Side: A Guide for Student PoetsSailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected PoemsGerard Manley Hopkins: The Complete Poems (Annotated)A Widening Light: Poems of the IncarnationSir Gawain and the Green Knight (Signet Classics)Beowulf (Signet Classics)
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