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Subject: English: Poetry

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 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 and opened this door to "Free Verse," where anything can be the subject of poetry, and where one can celebrate the "self." Professor Ragan continues by introducing viewers to "The Eternal Present" in poetry, where something through the process of writing poetry comes to life. And he shows how the use of a "controlling image," a metaphor or image that threads its way through a poem, helping define the meaning of a poem. Next viewers learn about the center, or "insight," of a poem which includes "universal truths" that all people can relate to and understand. Throughout the program, Professor Ragan uses selected poems to clearly define each topic he is introducing to the audience. 00/08DE JSCA 50 min.

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