September 22nd, 2020 | 16 mins 12 secs
shakespeare, sonnet, sonnet 18
In this episode we introduce listeners to one of the most resilient forms in English-language poetry: the sonnet. And we do it with one of the most famous sonnets Shakespeare wrote.
September 15th, 2020 | 14 mins 9 secs
african american literature, early american literature, on being brought from africa to america, phillis wheatley
This episode examines a short, incredible, difficult and important poem by one of the founding figures of African American literary traditions, Phillis Wheatley.
September 10th, 2020 | 14 mins 13 secs
analysis, ars poetica, emily dickinson, poetry, tell all the truth
What does it mean to tell the truth "slant"? Is this a ballad, a hymn? What is "ars poetica" and is this an example? Join us for a discussion of this great, short, fun, rich poem by Dickinson.
August 31st, 2020 | 14 mins 44 secs
ars poetica, digging, heaney, poetry
We begin Poetry for All by teaching and talking about a great poem on poetry itself: Seamus Heaney's "Digging."