Noel Jackson, Moderator, Associate Professor of Literature
Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
This popular activity – which aims to reach all lovers of poetry – has been offered every IAP for the last twenty years. Each one-hour session is devoted to a single poet, usually a single poem. The goal is discussion and shared pleasure. No lectures or professorial arrogance allowed. Some participants attend every session, but many others attend only once or twice to read and discuss a favorite poet or poem. The roster of poets is always immensely diverse: from ancient Chinese masters to contemporary American poets laureate, from such famous Greats as Shakespeare, Keats, and Auden to Dr. Seuss and Bob Dylan. Discussion and collaborative close readings are the aim and ideal of each hour.
Join us for this month-long series as we study and enjoy the scope of poetry with the rest of the MIT community.
Visit lit.mit.edu to view our full POP 2017 calendar and selection of poems
Contact: Chloe Jones, 14N-407, 617 258-5629, CJJONES@MIT.EDU
Herman Melville, "The House-top (A Night Piece, 1863)"
Wyn Kelley - Moderator, Senior Lecturer of Literature
Geoffrey Hill "Respublica"; "Ovid in the Third Reich"; "On Seeing the Wind at Hope Mansell"
Daniel Pritchard - Moderator
Wislawa Szymborska "Lot's Wife"; "A Contribution to Statistics"
Rosemary Booth - Moderator
Rafael Alberti "Open Letter"
Zachary Bos - Moderator
T.S. Eliot "Preludes"
James Buzard - Moderator, Professor & Interim Head of Literature
Adrienne Rich "Origins and History of Consciousness" & "Power"
Anne Hudson - Moderator
W.H. Auden "Musée des Beaux Arts"; "Lullaby"
Howard Eiland - Moderator
Samuel Taylor Coleridge "The Nightingale"
Noel Jackson - Moderator, Associate Professor of Literature
Rosemary Tonks "The Sash Window"; "Apprentice"; "Diary of a Rebel"
Stephen Pepper - Moderator
John Dryden "A Song for St. Cecilia's Day"
James Merrill "Angel"
Robert Creeley "Water Music"
Robert Pinsky "Street Music"
Martin Marks - Moderator, Senior Lecturer of Music & Theater Arts
George Gascoigne "Gasgoigne's Lullaby"
David Thorburn - Moderator, Professor of Literature & founder of POP
Pearl (trans. MB & SA)
Arthur Bahr - Moderator, Associate Professor of Literature
a selection of anonymous sonnets
Alvin Kibel - Moderator, Professor of Literature
Robert Frost "The Gift Outright"
Ana Schwartz - Moderator, Predoctoral Fellow of Literature Section
John Berryman "Dream Song 1"
Stephen Tapscott - Professor of Literature
Alice Walker "Be Nobody's Darling"
Gwendolyn Brooks "We Real Cool"
Sandy Alexandre - Moderator, Associate Professor of Literature
Elizabeth Bishop "Pink Dog" & "The Shampoo"
Joaquin Terrones - Moderator, Lecturer of Literature
Ranjit Bhatnagar, Pentametron (Twitter)
Nick Montfort - Moderator, Associate Professor of Digital Media