Love, Praise, Mourn: Reading Sonnets, Odes and Elegies

English professor and poet Joseph Campana, Ph.D., explores the enduring power of classical and contemporary sonnets, odes and elegies.

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Loving, celebrating and grieving are some of the most basic things people do. While many of us struggle to express these feelings, poets have perfected language describing what we desire, what we admire and what we lose. English professor and poet Joseph Campana, Ph.D., explores the enduring power of classical and contemporary sonnets, odes and elegies in this lecture course. Consider how poets invented the form of the sonnet and with it a whole language for love and desire that still influences us. Examine the ode - poems that praise or sometimes blame - from ancient lyrics celebrating athletic beauty to modern poems extolling everyday objects. The course concludes with the elegy, perhaps the most difficult poem to write, bringing shape to the grief that comes with losing what we love. Join us to experience poetic insights about the fundamental need to love, praise and mourn.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GHUM1911.S18.1 Joseph Campana On-campus 7–8:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 20, 2018

INSTRUCTOR: Joseph Campana
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 7–8:30 p.m.
START DATE: Feb. 20, 2018

Instructor: Joseph Campana

Joseph Campana, Ph.D., associate professor and Alan Dugald McKillop Chair in English at Rice University, is an award-winning poet, arts writer and widely published scholar of Renaissance literature. He is the author of three collections of poetry, “The Book of Faces,” “Natural Selections,” which received the Iowa Poetry Prize, and “The Book of Life,” forthcoming. Appearing in Slate, Kenyon Review, Poetry, Conjunctions and Colorado Review, his poems have won awards from Prairie Schooner and The Southwest Review. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Houston Arts Alliance and the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. Dr. Campana holds a doctorate in English from Cornell University.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: Feb. 20, 2018

End Date: March 27, 2018

Schedule: 7–8:30 p.m.

Length: Six Tuesdays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $190

Early Registration: $180 if registering by Feb. 6

Rice Alumni: $171

CEUs: 0.9

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If you are also interested in writing sonnets, odes and elegies, see Dr. Campana's course Poetry Writing Workshop: Love, Praise, Mourn.

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