Poetry in Our Moment

Upper School

Grade 11, Grade 12


Open to Grades 11-12

Credits: 0.5

Over the last decade, poetry has resurged into daily life across the country. We turn to poetry in times of celebration and consolation, to give voice to community and identity, to post some bit of inspiration on social media and as a rallying cry. Poetry right now is more diverse than it has ever been — both in terms of who gets to write it and the styles in which it is written. This class is a deep dive into that diversity. We will study five books by poets representing diverging and coalescing trends and movements across the poetry landscape, plus a collection chosen by students. We will seek to answer one guiding question: what are the ways that poetry speaks to our particular moment? Coursework will include both creative and analytical projects.

Offered Spring 2024