Doing an assignment on poetry with my students

12th November, 2013 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

I am as far as the deepest sky between clouds and you are as far as the deepest root and wound, Read More

Virtue in the literature classroom

29th July, 2013 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

We had a wonderful discussion at CIRCE prompted by the following quote:   If all great art is symbolic of a kind of moral plenitude, of conflicting attitudes and impulses explored and worked through toward some ideal clarity, the act of reading is itself a model of ideal human relations, aspiring toward a perfect attentiveness » Read More

On Metaphor…Circe Conference 2013

29th July, 2013 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

Metaphor Powerpoint Here is a copy of the powerpoint I used at Circe.  We had a very good time together thinking about the centrality of metaphoric thought by starting with Aristotle, moving on to Robert Frost and then to Walker Percy.  Frost argued that you aren’t educated unless you have had an “Education by Poetry” » Read More

ACCS AND SCL: pleasure and practice in the literature classroom

2nd July, 2013 - Posted by Christine Perrin - 1 Comment

I’m combing two panel talks at two different conferences in the last couple of weeks to produce these blog recommendations:  Effective Practices in the Literature Classroom and The Role of Pleasure in Classical Education. Here are some suggestions that came from both of these discussions: I start every class having students recite either a poem » Read More

ACCS: The Why and How Poetry

2nd July, 2013 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

ACCS 2013 powerpoint So many wonderful conversations and even singing in the atrium at the ACCS conference just about two weeks ago now.  I wanted to make a public record of the resources of the sessions I was a part of to those who attended my sessions.  Above is the power point from my talk » Read More

Homeschooling Conventions

12th June, 2013 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

In the last month I attended several homeschooling conventions–you know what I mean:  huge warehouse events with no sensory input from the natural world, loud crowd roars, repetitive conversations, standing for 24 hrs in 3 days, etc…Because I am an HSP (highly sensitive person–according to my stalwart husband and used with a smile) this is » Read More

A Great Poem for Young Children for this Season

8th May, 2013 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

Don’t miss spring this year, let poetry lead you farther in! A poem about fireflies and friendship for young children. Read More

Why adjust to midnight?

29th April, 2013 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

Emily Dickinson We Grow Accustomed to the Dark We grow accustomed to the Dark – When light is put away – As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp To witness her Goodbye – A Moment — We uncertain step For newness of the night – Then — fit our Vision to the Dark – And » Read More

Perfect poem for your pocket: A Major Work by William Meredith

24th April, 2013 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

Wishing your great sloth heart movement on this April day of poetry month. This is why we turn to poetry–it gives us our humanity, our purpose in a thumbnail and makes us reckon where we are in the world. Read More

Bishop learns from Herbert: The Fish a poem for survivors

15th April, 2013 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

She did not share his religious convictions, but it is interesting that as a secular person she was able to embrace his poems and learn how to write poems from him. She who called herself “the loneliest person on earth,” was companioned by Herbert who book went with her everywhere. Read More

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