Classroom Design and Education: A revelation while teaching Introduction to Poetry this January

1st February, 2013 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

This January, I taught a college general education literature course (in other words, most students in the class were not English majors and were in the class to fulfill a requirement). I decided, at the last minute to hold the class in a room called “The Loft” which is a large living room with leather » Read More

Consider an Epiphany Poetry Liturgy

31st December, 2012 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

Every year, my children’s alma mater–Covenant Christian Academy–does a poetry liturgy to enter more deeply into the reality of the Epiphany. I do it with college students taking jterm intro to poetry as well. This meditative event where, for an hour, a group of people contemplate the significance of an event which is really a » Read More

Advent, season of waiting

28th November, 2012 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

On His Blindness WHEN I consider how my light is spent E’re half my days, in this dark world and wide, And that one Talent which is death to hide, Lodg’d with me useless, though my Soul more bent To serve therewith my Maker, and present 5 My true account, least he returning chide, Doth » Read More

Why we need poets: Debate on Atheism and Faith–Ravi Zacharias, Dan Barker, D’nesh D’Souza

3rd October, 2012 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

Reflecting on Ravi Zacharias’ key comment about the fact that reason does not lead to goodness (in response to Dan Barker’s assertion). Milosz chronicles this so well. Read his Collected Poems and you will see the bloodshed of mighty reason across the 20th century. We need our poets to say in memorable language and rhythms » Read More

Davies Owens Q ideas talk April 10-12 2012

7th September, 2012 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

I really liked this and especially like the visuals (please see the book “Information is Beautiful” for more ideas about educating visually). Having raised my own children in a classical school and having taught there and other places (Messiah college, Gordon College, Johns Hopkins and various k-12 schools) I have seen a bit of this. » Read More

poems about reading at the Society for Classical Learning Conference

6th July, 2012 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

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Poetry Liturgy at Society for Classical Learning

6th July, 2012 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

We had a wonderful time at the Society for Classical Learning last week! Part of our endeavor was to spend time with literature, immersed, dwelling, not simply referring to our desire to do so. To this end we had a poetry liturgy. A poetry liturgy is an event which leads participants to meditate on literature, » Read More

A poem for Pentecost

12th June, 2012 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

Veni Seer Come, Holy Spirit, bending or not bending the grasses, appearing or not above our heads in a tongue of flame, at hay harvest or when they plough in the orchards, or when snow covers crippled firs in the Sierra Nevada. I am only a human being: I need visible signs. I tire easily, » Read More

Everything I wanted to say about poetry–an interview

29th May, 2012 - Posted by capress - No Comments

This is most of what I have to say about poetry–in sections by topic and then the full-length version. I would love to hear your response! Why Study Poetry   Understanding Poetry Through Poems   Poetry & Faith   Poetry Memorization as a Teaching Method   Christine Perrin Interview Read More

Spring Poem for you from Edna St. Vincent Millay

4th April, 2012 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

Afternoon on a Hill I WILL be the gladdest thing Under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers And not pick one. I will look at cliffs and clouds 5 With quiet eyes, Watch the wind bow down the grass, And the grass rise. And when lights begin to show Up from the town, » Read More

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