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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. πŸ™‚ Ode to a Secret Love Pablo Neruda They’ve guessed our secret, you know. They see me, they see us, and nothing has been saidβ€” 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 fugitΒ – time flies; tempus edax rerumΒ – time, devourer of all things; carpe diemΒ – 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