Most of us were taught poetry by counting lines, identifying metaphors, and searching for symbolism. But that is not what this course will do. Instead, we will explore and discern poems' catalysts. The ancient Greeks counted nine goddesses as Muses. Three Muses prompted the creation of poems. Today, however, Muses are unconstrained in number and variety. For example, a painting, a piece of music, a person, or an event can grab the poet's attention and inspire the poem's growth. We will identify these catalysts and examine their unspoken appearance in the poems we study. If music was the inspiration, together we will listen to it; if the inspiration was a painting, the class will examine it. By the end of the course, you will be able to identify what may have been the catalyst for a poem, and consider whether knowledge of a poem's backstory affects how you relate to the poem itself. | Facilitated discussion.