The Secret Code of Poetry And the Art of Understanding It RoseMary C. Johnson The Secret Code of Poetry is a unique, Catholic poetry course which combines poetry appreciation with an in-depth study of “how a poem works.” Hands-on activities and memorization assignments increase the student’s appreciation for the beauty of poetry, while clear explanations and step-by-step analysis assignments de-mystify poetic techniques such as enjambment, alliteration, meter, irony, and more. Each lesson ends with activities that engage the student’s attention and allow him to put into
How does The Secret Code of Poetry approach poetry from a Catholic worldview? The Secret Code of Poetry is Catholic in the way it defines and approaches poetry: that poetry is not simply art for art’s sake, but is an attempt to express aspects of the truth about God, human nature, and the rest of creation. The understanding of the poet as a sub-creator who “makes” poetry in imitation of God the Creator underlies the entire course. This makes it possible to make value judgments about poems, instead of being relativistic. At the same time, understanding poetry as a way of expressing truth makes it possible to appreciate even works by poets who are mistaken in their religious/moral beliefs. The author explains: “Let us praise God for His generosity in giving us the ability to imitate Him by being ‘makers’ ( poietes ) according to the True and the Beautiful! Because we are perpetually surrounded by Truth and Beauty in Creation open to understanding and communicating reality can capture at least a degree of truth and beauty in his poetry. And even if the poem contains an ‘admixture of error’ (as Aquinas would say) the beauty of what is true in the poem can still act as an ‘arrow’ to ‘guide the mind’ to the fullness of truth.” and in our fellow human beings, any poet who is
practice the concepts he has learned. These activities range from “Practice!” and “Analyze This!” assignments, to poetry memorization and recitation, to compiling a personal poetry anthology, to writing an original poem. Together, the text and workbook form a complete, one-year literature course for students in 7th–9th grades. Through the study of poetry, your student will learn to: • decipher difficult grammar and word-choice to grasp the essence of what is said • look beyond the literal level of a text • pay attention to details • study the structure of a work and the relationship between its whole and its parts • discern what is most important in complicated ideas • understand irony • think through ideas
The Student Text contains 27 lessons and a 30-page anthology of over 100 favorite poems by poets such as Dickinson, Frost, Hopkins, Wordsworth, and Shakespeare. Non-consumable. Softcover. 184 pgs. 8½"×11" SCP-S $26.95 The Student Workbook includes practice exercises, tests, tips for writing poetry, and a detailed answer key . 100 pgs. 8½"×11" SCP-W $14.95 Single-Subject Lesson Plan available— see pg. 70!
Through the study of poetry, give your student the tools he needs to analyze great literature … in high school and beyond.