In A way with words III, and III, Professor Michael D.C. Drout increased listeners' understanding of the way literature works, of the rhetoric that in many ways defines people's lives, and of the intricacies of grammar, all while maintaining a lively tone that conveys the professor's infectious enthusiasm for the subject. In part IV of this fascinating series, Professor Drout submerses listeners in poetry's past, present, and future. Addressing such poetic luminaries as Milton,Wordsworth, Shelley, and Keats, these lectures explain in simple terms what poetry is while following its development through the centuries.
Lecture 1 What Is Poetry?
Lecture 2 Oral Tradition
Lecture 3 The Roots of the Tree: Anglo-Saxon Poetry
Lecture 4 Of Meters and of Rhyming Craftily: Middle English and the Development of Rhymed Poetry
Lecture 5 Early Renaissance: An Exploration of Form
Lecture 6 Metaphysicals, Milton
Lecture 7 The Hard Stuff: The Eighteenth Century and the Influence of Classical Learning
Lecture 8 Romantics: Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge
Lecture 9 Later Romantics: Byron, Shelley, and Keats
Lecture 10 Victorians!
Lecture 11 American Poetry and the Development of Free Verse