Reading Poetry: Where Do Poems Take Us?


Course Description

Seamus Heaney says that one of his own constant themes is that poetry must be an answer to a question and that “the poet must give the answer in the specific language of poetry, rather than in the language of the world that provoked the question.”

In this course, we will aim to experience the pleasure and surprise of poetry by reading poems aloud and searching together for the poets’ questions. We will also ask our own questions, such as why poetry, more than any other medium, provokes delight and contempt in equal measure? How does poetry succeed in expressing the desire to transcend the finite and the historical? What impulse moves poets to engage in the impossible task of expressing the inexpressible?

Each week we will focus on a particular poet, among them: Seamus Heaney, Mary Oliver, Tony Hoagland, Ben Lerner, Emily Dickinson, WH Auden, William Blake, Anne Carson, and Walt Whitman.

Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

*****COURSE IS FULL*****

First Session: Monday, September 16th 2019

Course Length: 12 weeks, Mondays, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Discussion Team: Imogen Brian, Moira Carley, Kay Dunn

Course Fees: 

$150.00 (tuition fee)

$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (tuition fee)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)


Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.