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$20 per class
$10 for members 
Poems provided.  No advanced reading required!
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Our poetry series explores American poetry related to a particular theme -- see below for monthly themes. Samantha brings historical context to the work and walks us through the poems to make them accessible and interesting. No advanced reading required!  Chances are you're a poet and you didn't even know it! 

Upcoming dates and themes:

June 27 - Protest poems for Juneteenth

About this series

Our poetry series has looked at a range of themes from "Narrating America during the time of Stephen Tyng Mather" to winter poems of early America and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.  Authors discussed include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Wallace Stevens, Robert Hayden, Emma Lazarus, Claude McKay, Robert Frost and more. The spirit in the room has been lively and engaging with no prereading required!  

About Samantha Gault

A career educator, Samantha taught high school English at Greenwich Academy for eight years and at The Dalton School for five. She currently teaches ninth grade English at New Canaan Country School, where her own children – William, age 8, and Georgia, age 6 – are students.

She holds a Bachelor's in English from Dartmouth College and a Master's in English from Middlebury, with a specialty in poetry and American and modern literature.

Samantha and her family live in Darien and are pleased to welcome the Mather Education Center to the neighborhood!

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Past discussions:


January 19 - Inaugural Poems

One year after Amanda Gorman's memorable reading of "The Hill We Climb" we'll look at the cultural impact of her poem and read it alongside the inaugural poems of Maya Angelou, Miller Williams, Elizabeth Alexander, and Richard Blanco.... perhaps Frost too

February 16 - Classic Love Poems!

We'll look at traditional poems from such well known names as William Shakespeare and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the ways they influenced early and modern American poets, from Emily Dickinson to E.E. Cummings.

March 29 - Celebrate Women's History Month!

Browning and Dickinson return in good company alongside Anne Bradstreet, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Adrienne Rich, Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Sexton, Syliva Plath, Lucille Clifton, Sharon Olds, and Rita Dove - women who have made their mark on poetry and history, written their names in the "book of myths."  

April 27 - Spring poems

What is it that stirred Eliot to call it the "cruellest month"? and Millay to say it "comes like and idiot, babbling and strewing flowers"? For McKay the April night is "wonderful" and for Hopkins, "Nothing is so beautiful as Spring." Whatever your persuasion on the season, we hope you will join us for this look at Spring poems. 

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