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This week’s lesson: The fragments of Sappho, “completed”

For a quick lesson on Sappho and lyric poetry, I asked my World Literature (third year high school) students to continue writing what may have been lost in the fragments of Sappho’s poetry. I chose four fragments for them to choose from, and from them my students created their own poems. Below are some of… Continue reading This week’s lesson: The fragments of Sappho, “completed”

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Poetry Wednesdays: Ode to a Secret Love by Pablo Neruda

This poem brings back memories of a secret that’s happily kept as one, even though everybody else is on it anyway. 🙂 Ode to a Secret Love Pablo Neruda They’ve guessed our secret, you know. They see me, they see us, and nothing has been said— neither your eyes nor your voice, neither your hair… Continue reading Poetry Wednesdays: Ode to a Secret Love by Pablo Neruda

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Poetry Wednesdays: “Get Drunk” by Charles Baudelaire

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about time — about its fleetingness, about all those Latin sayings (tempus fugit – time flies; tempus edax rerum – time, devourer of all things; carpe diem – seize the day), about how little time I have in this world to do all that I want to do. 2012 was a terrible… Continue reading Poetry Wednesdays: “Get Drunk” by Charles Baudelaire

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Poetry Wednesdays: “For a Student Sleeping in a Poetry Workshop” by David Wagoner

It’s the first day of school again. Times like these I am reminded of my philosophy and pedagogy, which are constantly subject to self-evaluation and, sometimes, revision. I post the poem below as a reminder that there’s a whole world outside the classroom, yet I can never divorce the content of my subject from the… Continue reading Poetry Wednesdays: “For a Student Sleeping in a Poetry Workshop” by David Wagoner