French Poetry (19th century)

from French in Ann Arbor

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Description

An introduction to the art of reading poetry, specifically French poetry. I will be teaching you the rules to which French verse must obey in order to deserve that name. We will see how those rules apply as illustrated by a poem by Victor Hugo. In the later meetings, we will rely on this background for our explication of sonnets written by younger poets (born around 1820 and later): Baudelaire, Mallarmé and Valéry. Although a fairly good command of French is expected, I will take into account the difficulties which a non-native reader unavoidably has with these texts.

Organizer
Marcel

I taught French literature at the University of Michigan between 1966 and 1994 and have a very dear memory of initiating my students to the often obscure language of poets of the 19th and 20th century. It was a very rewarding experience for them and also for me. Most people today do not know how to react to texts which seem absurd and yet deal with the most fundamental questions that we ask ourselves. You will hopefully leave this course having overcome your inhibitions in the face of poetry, whether French or not.

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Bonnie joined the Peace Corps and went to Burkina Faso in West Africa, taking her music along for company. She is back earlier than planned and wants to continue her French studies and singing too.


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French teacher of French who love to share with others cultural topics from the francophone world.


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Teaching French is a passion and a hobby. But, my world would not be complete without my family, my friends, my garden, literature, music, knitting, movies and exercise!!!


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Music, literature, and art have always been at the center of my inner life.A retired speech pathologist, I teach poetry appreciation to elders, paint, and indulge my fondness for the French language.


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Development Director for the Ann Arbor Film Festival. I lived in France in 2005 and look forward to improving my speaking skills again.


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I fell in love with France 13 yrs ago while backpacking. I felt terrible when I couldn't speak the language so I made it a goal to study and one day be fluent. I studied a bit in Switzerland for a year but i just want to keep learning!!!!!


Els-zeeland

Je suis ne en Hollande, ou j'ai recu mon education en ergotherapie. En 1976 j'ai demenage en Tulsa OK; depuis 1984 j' habite en Ann Arbor. Il y a bien longtemps que j'ai travaille en France quelques mois a Aix les Bains et Nancy. La classe de Mijo me done beaucoup de plaisir!!


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Occitan + Louisiane, New York, Ann Arbor Production/Advertising/Brands/Teach/Rugby/Foot (le vrai)/Tennis/Voitures de Course/Cassoulet/Piperade/Saucisson/Armagnac/Cinéma/BD/Roman Noir


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Suzanne Murray spent 32 years working at the Earle. It was there that her interest in all things culinarily Italian and French were nurtured. A year in Paris solidified her leanings. Twenty years of teaching high school opened the door to Spanish and she now dwells on the three languages and is obsessed with etymologies. To keep her hands busy, she and her partner bake and sell baguettes, brioche and madeleines.


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Sylvestre (Steve) Novak
over 4 years ago

C'était excellent. On a appris et ré-appris plein de choses et on se lance dans des découvertes et maintenant on peut lier nos lectures à des éléments d'appréciation qui se tiennent. Merci Marcel de cette belle introduction. On continuera sur ce chemin avec plaisir et enthousiasme.

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Mijo Pappas
over 4 years ago

Merci Marcel de nous avoir promenés dans la prosodie et de nous avoir amenés à aller plus loin dans nos analyses de poèmes. J'ai hâte de pouvoir être dans une prochaine classe. En plus de vos connaissances, j'apprécie votre humour.

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Cat Novak
over 4 years ago

Merci Marcel de proposer cette classe. C'est formidable. Quel bonheur d'entendre (re)parler de Baudelaire par un expert, en plus.
A très bientôt.
Cat

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Els Nieuwenhuijsen
over 4 years ago

I look forward to this class.. any need to prepare something?

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Mijo Pappas
over 4 years ago

No need to prepare anything, Els!

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Joseph Gurt
over 4 years ago

Hi, I'm interested in joining another class. Please let me know when and where this will take place. Thanks

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