Education in Poetry

How does Poetry embody Education? How does Poetry educate? What is the conceptual relationship between Poetry and Education? Can various manifestations of Education be profitably found within seriously good Poetry? How can we prove that Education is, in fact, subordinate in this relationship with Poetry, the superordinate; that Education is actually nested inside Poetry, not necessarily the (more traditionally framed) other way around? What, in other words, can students learn through reading good poems? In Education in Poetry: Learning through Poems, students will be exposed to what Professor Rice - himself an accomplished Irish poet and lifelong reader - considers to be really useful poems; poems that we all can learn from because they speak to our personal lives, and to the world/s in which we live. Students will keep writer's notebooks from related creative writing assignments (collected periodically with feedback provided), and produce short reflection papers based on response to class work. In addition, students will build their information literacy skills by undertaking a library research project through which they will inquire and learn about course themes.

Course Details
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
1200
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
179: MW 2:00pm - 2:50pm 100% online - required meeting times
Term: 
Fall 2021
Categories: 
The Arts
Instructor(s)

Adrian Rice

Adrian Rice

Adrian Rice is from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He graduated from the University of Ulster with a BA in English & Politics, and MPhil in Anglo-Irish Literature. He has delivered writing workshops, readings, and lectures throughout the UK & Ireland, and America. In 1999, as recipient of the US/Ireland Exchange Bursary, he was Poet-in-Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory. His poems and reviews have been broadcast internationally on radio and television, published in international magazines and journals, and his poem/image work with Irish artist Ross Wilson has been collected by the Tate Gallery (London), and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Rice returned to LRC as Visiting Writer-in-Residence for 2005. Since then, Adrian and his wife Molly, and youngest son, Micah, have settled in Hickory, from where he commutes to Boone to teach on our FYS program, and to complete his Doctoral studies. During his time in Hickory, Adrian has taught English and Creative Writing at LRU, Catawba Valley Community College, and at ASU for the Reading program. He has also teamed up with Hickory-based and fellow Belfastman, Alan Mearns, to form 'The Belfast Boys', a dynamic Irish Traditional Music duo. Their album, Songs For Crying Out Loud, regularly airs across the Carolinas. Adrian's recent poetry titles, The Clock Flower (2013) and Hickory Station (2015), are both published by Press 53 (Winston-Salem). Hickory Station was nominated for the Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry, and a poem from Hickory Station, "Breath", was a Pushcart Prize nomination, and was the (London) Guardian 'Poem of the Week'. His latest book is The Strange Estate: New & Selected Poems 1986-2017. Adrian's poems are also included in Arlen House/Syracuse University Press's, Open-Eyed, Full-Throated: An Anthology of American/Irish Poets (2019), and in Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 9/11 & Its Aftermath (Press 53, 2021). In 2020, he received the Rennie W. Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching in the First Year Seminar. Adrian's passion is centered on proving the educational, sustaining power of Poetry and the Arts in his Appalachian classrooms.