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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

Dickinson and Frost

Dickinson and Frost

"Highly Recommended! I discovered so much when reviewing this program - wonderful bits of histories and incidents that made these poets warm and living. Professor Ragan explains the intricate mechanisms of poetry in a manner that will remain long in my memory. He is a good teacher." -Verna Cahill, Poetry Society of NH
Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost are not only two of New England's most beloved poets, they are admired throughout the United States and the world for poems that have touched the hearts of all who've read their words. Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), "the Belle of Amherst," wrote nearly 1800 poems; however, only a small number were published in her lifetime. In 1955, scholar Thomas H. Johnson published The Poems of Emily Dickinson, the first comprehensive collection of her poetry in three volumes. Though born in San Francisco, Robert Frost (1874 - 1963) and his family moved to New England, where he became well known for his poetry, which often centered on themes of rural life there. Frost overcame much grief and loss in his personal life and received four Pulitzer Prizes in Literature. In this program, Professor James Ragan looks at the contributions Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost made in the development of American poetry. Dickinson was influenced by biblical hymnology and dedicated to free verse, while Frost was committed to traditional forms. 00/08DE JSCA 60 min.

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