Program Details

Nature Poetry: God, Imagery & Beauty, and the Seasons

Jeff Morgan
Arts & Letters / History
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Explore classic and modern voices in Nature Poetry and find out how different voices address topics that are contextualized within history. How poets utilize formal elements such as denotation, connotation, imagery, figurative language, allusion, tone, and musical, lyrical devices that help the sound make sense will also be examined.


  1. Nature and God, Part I: William Wordsworth, William Cullen Bryant, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Walt Whitman
  2.  Nature and God, Part 2: Walt Whitman, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, and Nancy Willard
  3.  Nature - Imagery and Beauty: William Wordsworth, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Dylan Thomas, E. E. Cummings, and Elizabeth Bishop
  4. Nature - Seasons: William Shakespeare, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Carlos Williams, Jean Toomer, Richard Wilbur, and James Wright

About the Instructor

  • Jeff Morgan, Ph.D. is the author of three books and numerous essays and poems. His fourth book, "American Literature and Civility", is forthcoming from McFarland. His latest essay is a chapter in the book, "Teach English with a Sense of Humor", and his latest poems can be read in "Grist and Proem". This spring marks his 40th year of teaching.

Upcoming programs presented by Jeff Morgan.

TypeNumberInstructorCourse TitleAdd to Cart
4wk F242A Jeff Morgan Nature Poetry: God, Imagery & Beauty, and the Seasons
Tuesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm