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Classes at the Y

by David Yezzi

Posted: Sep 18, 2008 12:09 PM

I've been teaching a class on traditional verse technique at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y for the past several years and getting a lot positive response to it. The next session begins in late October and includes weekly discussion of student poems. If you are interested, you can register here: On Prosody: A Poetry Workshop.

Here are two more classes, taught by first-rate poets (and contributors to The New Criterion), which start in early October. So sign up soon!

Political Poetry taught by Joshua Mehigan. Poets such as Catullus and Dante, Milton and Whitman, Owen and Brooks have written great, politically engaged poems. The class will focus on what can be learned from these poets’ artistic triumphs and missteps. Six Sunday afternoons, beginning October 5th. Joshua Mehigan is the author of The Optimist, a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry.

The British Country-House Novel taught by Ben Downing. Read and discuss Howards End, Brideshead Revisited, The Go-Between, The Shooting Party, Great Granny Webster and The Remains of the Day. Monday evenings, beginning October 6. Ben Downing has taught at Columbia University and Bryn Mawr. He is the co-editor of the journal Parnassus: Poetry in Review.

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