OSHR 1344 - Inhabiting Poetry, Inhabiting the World

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Why do we turn to poetry in times of reflection, crisis, and wonder? How can poetry at once capture the beauty and pain of our lives and of this world? How - and why? - do we carve metaphors and symbols in our efforts to express our dreams, losses, visions, and histories? Perhaps we know that poetry can free us, if even for a moment. Christian Wiman, the former editor of Poetry, wrote, "Let us remember" that in the end we go to poetry for one reason, so that we might more fully inhabit our lives and the world in which we live them, and that if we more fully inhabit these things, we might be less apt to destroy both."

In this class, we will endeavor each week to inhabit our lives and this world through readings, discussions, and guided writing exercises. New writers welcome.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.