One of the first thing we notice when we encounter a poem on a page is its distinct shape. Where prose is composed in sentences and paragraphs, poems are knitted syllable by syllable and line by line. They exist in a spatial as well as a temporal dimension. Mr. Alpaugh, a poet himself, will give close attention to the vivid imagery, intriguing metaphors, and musical tempos displayed by poets as old as “anonymous” and as new as laureates Kay Ryan and Billy Collins. Robert Frost said the poet’s goal is “to lodge a few poems where they will be hard to get rid of.” Great poems do just that, and they do it in multiple ways. Join OLLI and Mr. Alpaugh to savor a few that will, indeed, be hard to forget.
(Note *- no class scheduled July 3rd)