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Subject: English: Poetry

Poet's Chamber Series

Poet's Chamber Series

Gertrude Claytor Award Winner: James Ragan -Poetry Society of America
"In Jim Ragan's poetry there is a juxtaposition that makes his work exhilarating." -Studs Terkel
"Ragan's poems are full of striking phrases that take a fresh look at the world." -Richard Wilbur
This series offers a complete course of study on poets and poetry in a warm and personal setting by the internationally recognized poet, Professor James Ragan, Director of the University of Southern California's Professional Writing Programs, and author of: In the Talking Hours, Womb-Weary, Lusions and Hunger Wall. Produced by Silvern Productions, Inc. Programs available on 7 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 7-Disc Set. For pricing call in US: 800.876.2447/Intl. 603.434.9262 or e-mail

List of Titles


African American Poetry

African American Poetry

Michael S. Harper, the first Poet Laureate of Rhode Island, was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in Harlem, as he says, "young, black and angry." He knew that experience, but he overcame his anger. In this program Professor James Ragan shares the "stage" with this proactive educator, the longest serving Click for more


African American Poetry - Level 1

African American Poetry - Level 1

Michael S. Harper, the first Poet Laureate of Rhode Island, was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in Harlem, as he says, "young, black and angry." He knew that experience, but he overcame his anger. In this program Professor James Ragan shares the "stage" with this proactive educator, the longest serving Click for more


Dickinson and Frost

Dickinson and Frost

"Highly Recommended! I discovered so much when reviewing this program - wonderful bits of histories and incidents that made these poets warm and living. Professor Ragan explains the intricate mechanisms of poetry in a manner that will remain long in my memory. He is a good teacher." -Verna Cahill, Poetry Society Click for more


Enjambment: William Carlos Williams and the Imagists

Enjambment: William Carlos Williams and the Imagists

"Highly Recommended. This program is an invaluable guide for students of all ages interested in American poetry and the writers who were influential in creating the fresh and unique rhythmic style which is distinctly American." -National Media Review
Professor James Ragan focuses on the poetry of William Click for more


From Prague: Poet Miroslav Holub

From Prague: Poet Miroslav Holub

Miroslav Holub, one of the major Eastern European poets to emerge after World War II, was a writer of numerous books of poetry, including Sagittal Section, Interferon, Vanishing Lung Syndrome and Intensive Care, and one of the few Czech writers translated into English. He was a medical doctor, Click for more


Historicity and Modern Poetry

Historicity and Modern Poetry

Professor James Ragan goes back in time, to the oral, not just the written, tradition of poetry to put the history of 20th-century poetry in its proper context. Here we discover that historicity involves looking at poetry not just as a record of a passage of time, but more a record of combining philosophical, eco-nomical, Click for more


Insight, Free Verse and Walt Whitman

Insight, Free Verse and Walt Whitman

Before delving into the technical aspects of writing poetry, Professor James Ragan explains how the true artist will take risks, how he or she may make mistakes, and be able to fail, before finding success. And with this said, we learn how in American poetic literature, Walt Whitman accepted the role of outcast Click for more


Synaesthesis, Symbolism and Baudelaire

Synaesthesis, Symbolism and Baudelaire

Poetic phrases like "I feel the blues" and "that dress is cool" originated with symbolic poets in France over 100 years ago. And in this program professor James Ragan explains Synaesthesis, the term used to describe how these phrases became mainstreamed into today’s everyday language; also he explains symbolism, the Click for more





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