Poetry is for everybody.
In every episode, Preston leads you through a poem to break through that intimidation of poetry. Dive into concepts, techniques, and insights that unlock new doors of understanding what's going on with poetry. Discover poetics, sounds, and emotions through close readings of selected poems.If you've ever felt lost in the maze of stanzas or craved insight into intricate lines, this is the perfect space.
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14. Romanticism 2 - "The Good, Great Man" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
19:44In this episode following the one on Wordsworth, I'll be looking at a not-favorite of mine, The Good Great Man by the giant Samuel Taylor Coleridge. I'll be talking about things I do not like about the poem, as well as some other features of Romantic ideas... ...to demystify them, I guess.Production Gustav Worm-LethOutro Yentl Tijssens Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13. Romanticism - "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" (aka the 'Daffodils' poem) by William Wordsworth
15:50In this episode, I'll be introducing you to what the Romanticism movement was through the Romantic poet of the English language, William Wordsworth, and his 'Daffodils' poem. We'll be talking about his famous definition of poetry, which lasts to this day. Like it or hate it (and if you're here, you probably aren't a big fan), Romanticism still forms the way we think today. Romantic poems are often where the stigma and stereotypes around poetry come from, so we'll be discussing some main ideas and conventions of the movement to put those scary romantics in context! Outro composed by Yentl TijssensProduced by Gustav Leth Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
*Halloween Special* - Uncanny Valley & "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe
23:24Happy Halloween from PPP with a very spooky reading of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" and guest intro from YouTube horror channel The Ghost of 94! I'll be talking about the way that pairing it with Tell-tale Heart often causes us to misinterpret the poem. Listen ... if you dare! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12. Aubade 2 - "aubade beginning in handcuffs" by torrin a. greathouse
19:36As a follow-up to last episode on Aubades with John Donne, I'll be featuring a modern Aubade, "aubade beginning in handcuffs", to show how contemporary poets like torrin a. greathouse press the Aubade form to be even steamier -- and yet much more tender and vulnerable -- than Donne's.Visit torrin a greathouse's website or buy their latest collection, Wound from the Mouth of a Wound (Milkweed, 2020)Content warning: Artistic use of homophobic pejoratives; sexual subject matter. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11. Aubade 1 - "The Sun Rising" by John Donne
16:31I'll be introducing you to a specific kind of poem that not many people know about: the (steamy) Aubade. We'll be close reading 16th-century Metaphysical Poet John Donne's frustrated ranting at the sun, "The Sun Rising" to find out Donne's ideas of What's more important than science? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10. What's Art for? - "Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley [cameo by Pres. John F. Kennedy]
17:04After finishing the original nine-episode curriculum, I'll be diving into Romantic Poet Percy Shelley's "Ozymandias," asking the question, What is art for? or Why are the arts important? I'll be sharing why I think "Ozymandias" is primarily about the longevity and importance of the arts over and against other interpretations -- with a cameo from President John F. Kennedy.Produced by Gustav W LethOutro composed by Yentl Tijssens Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09. Sound - "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll
13:40At the conclusion of the first few 'Introduction to Poetry' episodes, I'll be doubting almost everything I've taught you. You'll see what I mean when we take a look at Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky". Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08. Free Verse - "In The Desert" by Stephen Crane
14:03We started talking about Free Verse in last episode, but we'll be looking at another one. This time, a short narrative poem, "In the Desert" by Red Badge of Courage author Stephen Crane. We'll be talking about the bridge between poetry and prose, as well as how much we like ourselves.Produced by Gustav Worm LethOutro composed Yentl Tijssens Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07. Conceit - "To A Locomotive in Winter" by Walt Whitman
18:25Finally, Walt Whitman lands on this show. The opposite of Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman has much to teach us about trying to 'understand' poems and look for symbols. We'll be screaming his "To A Locomotive in Winter" from the rooftops to learn all about it.Also, here's a link to Joy Harjo's Poet Warrior audiobook read by the poet herself. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06. Silence - "I'm Nobody! - Who are you?" by Emily Dickinson
9:06We'll be continuing to talk about how to read poems today using the reclusive, puzzling, pensive Emily Dickinson. Learn about how to read punctuation, as well as how and why to write nothingness into your poems. To read the poem, click here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.