OSHR 1353 - There Will Be Singing: Writing in Times of Darkness and Light

  • 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.

In "Motto to the ‘Svendborg Poems" (1939), poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht asked,"In the dark times/Will there also be singing?" His answer?"Yes, there will also be singing/About the dark times." Finding poetry’s "purpose" in the face of war, injustice, environmental destruction, grief, and so on, can be daunting; nevertheless, we are reminded time and time again of the enduring survival and necessity of poetry. Writers write within and about crises in many ways. They resist, rant, lament, witness, and warn. They also retreat, fantasize, forgive, celebrate, and turn things upside-down into the surreal and the absurd. In this class, we will explore ways to sing in the dark (and in the light) through readings, discussions, and guided writing exercises. New writers are welcome.

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