A one-semester or yearlong course for students in grades 7-12
“I dwell in Possibility—A fairer House than Prose—”While we think of poetry as the best words in the best order, we sometimes forget how important its poetic or metaphoric thinking is to various subjects such as writing, speaking, business, and science. The Art of Poetry is an excellent middle or high school curriculum that teaches the practice of reading a poem closely and absorbing its beauty.
The Art of Poetry contains 16 chapters and over 100 poems. The first 8 chapters cover the elements of poetry (such as images, metaphor, rhythm, and tone); the final chapters cover the forms of poetry (such as ode, villanelle, and open verse). Each chapter includes an extensive explication of one poem, along with exercises and discussion questions on additional poems. Biographies of 51 poets, a glossary of terms, an index of all the poems and authors, and an application section with ideas on how to continue a study of poetry are all included in this thoughtful course.
See our Support tab above for schedule recommendations and the complimentary audio files that feature the author, Christine Perrin, and her husband, Dr. Christopher Perrin, reading the poems aloud.
The Art of Poetry Teacher’s Edition is also available. It features the entire student text, along with answer keys, teaching tips, and detailed explications, and quizzes.
“ So much more than a poetry curriculum, The Art of Poetry brings poetry to life and puts a living, breathing literature in your hands. ” Lynn, Educator
“ This is one of the best poetry anthologies geared for middle/high school! ” Rhonda C., Educator
“ The Art of Poetry is one of the very best curriculum resources I have used in almost twenty years of homeschooling and I wanted to be sure that you knew that. Well done and thank you! ” Heather, Educator
Art of Poetry Audio Files (MP3) These complimentary audio files feature the author, Christine Perrin, and her husband, Dr. Christopher Perrin, reading aloud over 100 poems included in the Art of Poetry course. *Please note, the zipped file is over 200MB and may take a long time to download, depending on your connection speed.
Christine Perrin, MFA, is the Director of Writing at Messiah College and has taught literature and creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, with Gordon College’s Orvieto Program, through the Pennsylvania Arts Council to students of all ages, and at the local classical school where her children attended. She consults with classical schools in curriculum development and faculty development in poetry and writing, and speaks regularly at the CiRCE Institute as well as the Society for Classical Learning conferences. She is a two-time recipient of the PA Arts Council Artists Fellowship and a Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference Fellowship. Her own work appears in various journals, including The New England Review, Image, TriQuarterly, Blackbird, Christianity and Literature, and The Cresset. Christine is the series editor for the Writing & Rhetoric series and the author of The Art of Poetry, a textbook for middle to high school students, all published by Classical Academic Press. She attended Johns Hopkins as an undergraduate student and earned her MFA from the University of Maryland.
As a writer, she enjoys tracing the genealogical relationship of one writer to another and sees writing as the highest form of reading. She is interested in the conversation that the philosopher Gadamer thought we were meant to have with literature—one that causes us to live differently. He describes poetry as “a nearness.” She has learned a great deal from her students—conversation partners. Another influential polymath is the literary critic George Steiner, who insists that as readers we are here to serve the text, to dialogue with the writer, and to respond to art with art, to the extent that we are able. Some of her favorite work to do is with students writing a senior thesis, a yearlong writing project. Christine and her husband, Christopher, are the parents of three grown children: Zoë, Elle, and Noah.
Grade Level: Grades 7-12
Course Length: Semester or yearlong
Content Credit: 1/2 or 1 full high school credit (depending on depth of use)