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Birds, Beasts, Flowers and Trees: Summer Nature Poetry

Date: 7/11/17 – 8/15/17

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Open to All Levels

Genre: Poetry

• Regular: $210.00
• Member: $189.00
• Low-Income: $147.00

Summer, with its everyday access to outdoors, is an ideal time of year to write about nature up close. One need only take a 15-minute walk to observe fresh subject matter in an ever-changing landscape.

This class invites a delighted and thoughtful immersion in poems inspired by the diverse living things with which we share the planet. Beginning with a brief overview of the development of the modern nature poem, we'll devote entire class meetings to the enjoyment and discussion of poems about birds, beasts, flowers, trees, and the inanimate world.

We'll borrow some ideas from the British "ecopoetics' scholar Jonathan Bate's The Song of the Earth, and master poets such as Issa, John Clare, Mary Oliver, D. H. Lawrence, and Francis Ponge will pleasurably inform our wanderings over the literary landscape of the nature poem.We'll also survey some of the rich tradition of nature writing in our own region.

Writing exercises designed to bring the natural world onto the page will be offered in each class session. Small copy fee.