Poetry Archive

Quoted: Emily Dickinson on Interminable Hope

“Hope” is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - at all -

Quoted: Maya Angelou on Taking Action

"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back." ~ Maya Angelou

Shakespeare Turns 450: Read His Adaptation of Star Wars

Though he never looks a day over 250, Shakespeare turned 450 today. No one really knows his birthday...

3 for Thursday: 3 Challenges for My Students This Semester

Every semester I have a laundry list of things that I want my students to learn. My courses are in religious studies, religious history, and philosophy (undergraduate and graduate), so there is never a shortage of challenges for my students. Regardless of the class, these three below are part of my guiding philosophy of

Micro-Review: Aimless Love

Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States, is a favorite of many for his far-from-stuffy approach. His latest book, Aimless Love, which contains selected poems from four previous collections plus more than fifty new poems, continues his playful observations on the scholarly and the serendipitous.

3 for Thursday: 3 Things to Make Gilgamesh (More) Epic

The Epic of Gilgamesh is a poem that immortalized Gilgamesh, a ruler of Uruk (modern day Iraq) around 2500 BCE. The oldest extant copy (discovered in 1853) of the Epic in Akkadian is from 1800 BCE, though the stories likely pre-date that copy by several hundred years. The oldest recorded human epic, it is

Mark Doty on the Purpose of Poetry

“Poetry’s project is to use every aspect of language to its maximum effectiveness, finding within it nuances and powers we otherwise could not hear.” – Mark Doty, Speaking in Figures  

Rilke on Living the Questions

“Do not now seek the answers… Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” – Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
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