The Art of Poetry is divided into 2 parts — The Elements of Poetry and The Formal History of Poetry, containing a total of 15 chapters. It ends with a sixteenth chapter, titled Growing Your Interest, which discusses starting a poetry group, workshops, keeping a notebook of favorite poems, public recitations and so forth. We did not really broach this chapter. Since Ben is at the youngest end of the curriculum’s age recommendation, we stayed primarily in the first section, learning about the elements of poetry.
- Sound and More Sound
- Shape: Stanza and Line
- Tone: Putting It All Together
- History of Form, Movements, Genres
- Verse Forms
- Shaping Forms
- Emily Dickinson: A Case Study in Form
- Open Verse
- Walt Whitman: A Case Study in Open Verse
- Narrative Poems: An Anthology
However, it is not necessary to purchase the DVD set to be successful with this course. In fact, you can just hand the Student Text to your student and allow them to explore. Several times during the past few weeks, I simply asked Ben to find a poem he wanted to read aloud to me. Each poem is followed by several questions to provoke thought and discussion. After reading his chosen poem, we read through those and discussed. For times I wasn’t quite sure of the answers (and there were several), the Teacher’s Edition came to the rescue with explanations for each poem and answers for the discussion questions. The Teacher’s Edition also includes quizzes for each chapter, should you wish to administer those (I did not). This is a great, low-key way to learn more about poetry. It has been the perfect addition to lunchtime, as Ben and I sat at the table together and just read and talked about poems.