We will examine the ways we read poems aloud to hear the rhythm and emotion. Specific topics include: Line, Sound, Rhythm, Meter, Imagery, and Metaphor, always with attention to hearing the poem and speaking it aloud, bringing it off the page and into the body by voice and gesture. We will read a variety of poems examining issues that we find essential to each.
GROUP LEADER: Eugene McCarthy has taught poetry since 1965 at Holy Cross with special attention to speaking poetry aloud. He was one of a group giving dramatic readings of Milton’s Paradise Lost aloud and has taught WISE classes for a number of years.
REQUIRED BOOK: Sound Ideas: Hearing and Speaking Poetry by B. Eugene McCarthy and Fran Quinn. Hobblebush Books ISBN 978-0-9845921-9-7
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609