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13 September 2009 @ 12:57 pm
Poetry Reading Aloud Recs?  
Not sure this is a great idea, but I've resolved to begin each class session this term with a poem read aloud.  Since I teach business law, this is rather a strange thing (you should have seen the looks I got on the first day), but my instincts say it's good for them.  I've brought all my poetry books to the office (was pretty amazed by how many I had), and  I'm taking other poems off the Web as necessary.

I only have a few minutes at the start of class to do this, so I can't be goin' into epics or Four Quartets or anything like that.  Each class meets 20 times during the term.  The first day I gave 'em "Ozymandias," which I can recite from memory. The second day it was Edgar Lee Masters's "Herman Altman," which wasn't ideal, but I wanted to read something about "truth."

So: anyone have any suggestions for poems to read aloud? Sad, insirational, moody, optimistic, whatever.  (But not sexy, please -- I'm a male professor, and we can't be giving people opportunities to claim harrassment...)  No fair nominating your own stuff, but if you want to nominate your friends' (and I can get their permission), great!
Current Location: About to do laundry
Current Mood: creative
Current Music: Bill Harley stories, downstairs
David D. Levinedavidlevine on September 13th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what made me think of this one, but I suggest "Richard Cory" by Edwin Arlington Robinson.

Also try the Richard Cory Interactive Adventure! :-) http://www.llamas.org/corey-1.html
Ken: Blowing Kissken_schneyer on September 14th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
Very dramatic poem, that. Thanks!
ajjones on September 13th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
Your worlds are colliding, dude.
Ken: Haw!ken_schneyer on September 14th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
Like in the movie?
ninja_pencilninja_pencil on September 13th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Mary had a little lamb, she tied it to a pylon.
Ten thousand volts went up its ass, and turned its wool to nylon.
Ken: Roll eyesken_schneyer on September 14th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
Sooooooo much help...
ninja_pencilninja_pencil on September 14th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
Heh, always happy to assist. How are you fixed for a cup of coffee downtown sometime in the next few weeks, after work?
Ken: Happyken_schneyer on September 17th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
I think something can work. Tuesdays I need to rush back quickly, and Thursdays I have night class, but we might try something after 2:00 on other days...
ninja_pencilninja_pencil on September 20th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
Fo' shizzle.

Thursdays I also have night class, so this is a potential; I usually get downtown about 5 and take a power-nap in the car for an hour. But if you are teaching through the day then this may not work, as you need to eat something, young man.

Alternatively I could get down there any other day also about 5, does this time work for you?
amamamaamamama on September 14th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
I love the icons you've got here, Ken! All of them, I always grin like mad when I see them. :-)
Ken: LOLken_schneyer on September 17th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
Delighted you like them.
Azahruazahru on September 18th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you've got the high falutin covered, don't forget to have the fun and child-like too some Shel Silverstein, Ogden Nash, Edward Lear or perhaps a few plums.
Ken: Crazy or Gleeful?ken_schneyer on September 19th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
Thanks, Liz.

"A few plums?" Are you referencing William Carlos Williams, or are you speaking in Australian again?
Azahruazahru on September 19th, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
WCW, with a hint of Shauna