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A Way with Words, Part IV: Understanding Poetry by Michael Drout

A Way with Words, Part IV: Understanding Poetry

by Michael Drout

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Unabridged Edition
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8 Hrs.


In A Way with Words I, II, and III, Professor Michael D.C. Drout increased listeners' understanding of the way literature works, of the rhetoric that in many ways defines people's lives, and of the intricacies of grammar, all while maintaining a lively tone that conveys the professor's infectious enthusiasm for the subject. In part IV of this fascinating series, Professor Drout submerses listeners in poetry's past, present, and future.

Addressing such poetic luminaries as Milton,Wordsworth, Shelley, and Keats, these lectures explain in simple terms what poetry is while following its development through the centuries.

Lecture 1 What Is Poetry?

Lecture 2 Oral Tradition

Lecture 3 The Roots of the Tree: Anglo-Saxon Poetry

Lecture 4 Of Meters and of Rhyming Craftily: Middle English and the Development of Rhymed Poetry

Lecture 5 Early Renaissance: An Exploration of Form

Lecture 6 Metaphysicals, Milton

Lecture 7 The Hard Stuff: The Eighteenth Century and the Influence of Classical Learning

Lecture 8 Romantics: Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge

Lecture 9 Later Romantics: Byron, Shelley, and Keats

Lecture 10 Victorians!

Lecture 11 American Poetry and the Development of Free Verse

Lecture 12 Modernism

Lecture 13 Late Modernism

Lecture 14 Poetry Now

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