The South in Verse


What makes a poem "Southern"? In this class, we'll look at the regional characteristics of Southern poetry, through studying modern Southern poets, such as Charles Wright, Natasha Trethewey, Wendell Berry, and Maurice Manning.

The qualities of “Southern” writing are more than a simple tie to geographical place—the elements that bind together much of the poetry written in the south are a fascination with landscape and history of a region (Week 1), a respect and dedication to family heritage (Week 2), an interest in morality and religion (Week 3), and the use of local vocabulary and dialect (Week 4).


Teaching Artist: Renee Emerson
Four weeks online / $150