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Today in History: Percy Bysshe Shelley Is Born 

I met a traveller from an antique land, Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, …

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Celebrating Voices: International Poetry 

In researching our institution's connection to poetry, I am interested to learn that Professor Allan Abbott (1886-1956) sought to inspire reform in the teaching of English by encouraging teachers to tailor their selection of literature to student interests. Interestingly, he co-authored with M.R. Tribue, of the University of North Carolina, A Measure of Ability to Judge Poetry: …

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Today in History: William Wordsworth Is Born 

OH there is blessing in this gentle breeze, A visitant that while it fans my cheek Doth seem half-conscious of the joy it brings From the green fields, and from yon azure sky. Whate'er its mission, the soft breeze can come To none more grateful than to me; escaped From the vast city, where I …

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Using the Library to Teach Creative Writing 

Jeanette Winterson, in her hot-off-the-press new memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal, makes continuous claims that reading—and later, writing—lifted her out and away from her otherwise difficult childhood and gave her hope. “Fiction and poetry are doses, medicines. What they heal is the rupture reality makes on the imagination. I had been …

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Unwrapping the Fall Education Program 

Here are a few good numbers for you, Enjoy them, a present, for all, shining true, Heralding the attendees of collaborative events, From September through December On the calendar we went. In the halls of great Gottesman, With lively spirit and cheer, We donned music, displays, a new tier Of Socrates, films, scintillating speakers, Cool …

Posted 93 months ago by

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Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing 

Title: Unless It Moves the Human Heart : The Craft and Art of Writing Editors: Roger Rosenblatt Publisher:  Ecco Call number: PN145 .R67 2011 From the Publisher: Culled from his experiences teaching writing workshops, novelist, essayist, and longtime professor Rosenblatt (Making Toast) tackles the "why"--not the "how"--of writing by chronicling his winter/spring 2008 semester of …

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Book talk with Wendy Elmer 

Education Program at Gottesman Libraries hosts different types of education related events in the library through the year. For instance, Socratic Conversation, book talk, workshop, news display, and film screening.  I always find those events resourceful and enjoyable. This week, I attended a book talk hosted by Wendy Elmer: Book of Poems About Being a …

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Just kids: From Brooklyn to the Chelsea Hotel: A Life of Art and Friendship 

Title: Just kids : From Brooklyn to the Chelsea Hotel: A Life of Art and Friendship Author: Patti Smith Publisher: New York: HarperCollins,  2010 Check it out! ML420.S672 A3 2010 From the publisher: In Just Kids, Patti Smith’s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with …

Posted 100 months ago by

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A Place to Stand: The Making of a Poet 

Title: A Place to Stand : The Making of a Poet Author: Jimmy Santiago Baca Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2001 Check it out! PS3552.A254 Z473 2001 From the publisher: Jimmy Santiago Baca, winner of the Pushcart Prize and the American Book Award, has been called an heir to Pablo Neruda and one of …

Posted 101 months ago by

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Nonsense Poetry: Edward Lear’s contribution to Historical Children’s Literature 

Nonsense Poetry This post, intended to delight and entertain, will focus on nonsense poetry, mostly the limericks of Edward Lear. Lear was a British poet well known for his humorous poems, such as The Owl and the Pussycat, and as the creator of the form and meter of the modern limerick. Nonsense poetry is a …

Posted 104 months ago by

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Learning by Teaching 

Background Megan Miller is an accomplished opera singer who was introduced to opera by a teacher when she was in high school. She studied at The Juilliard School and has taught opera for the past nine years. Teaching with the Video Megan stresses the importance of teaching in her development as an opera singer. What …

Posted 106 months ago by

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Musings of a Scholar 

Brooding late on a protracted thesis, tired, but inspired by a great find. Strolling out of Butler with millions of books, out to brave the crisp Gotham night with a subdued mind. The aroma of freshly made lamb gyro beckons yonder, pleasures of burning Starbucks hot chocolate my palates ponder. Cheers to the schools of …

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