This course studies lyric poetry ' shorter, compact, highly evocative poems, some forms of which spring from musical traditions. Students read lyric poetry from many eras of British and American literature, ranging widely from Shakespeare to Yeats, Dickinson to Ginsberg, Thomas Hardy to Langston Hughes, sonnet and ballad to ode, blues poems, and free verse. The course features the close reading and analysis of poems, the study of meter, rhyme, and other elements of prosody, and writing critically about poetry. Students also experiment with writing poems as one other way to study this fine art. The course explores many ways to study and enjoy, analyze and experience this enduring, highly adaptable form of literary art.