A Sense of Place: Poets of the Appalachians

Course Dates: 
8 weeks: September 18, 25, October 2, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13
Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. Note: No class October 9. Make-up on November 13.
Jay Jacoby
Course Catalogs: 
2019 Fall

We will explore how poets have celebrated the geographical and social landscape of Appalachia from Maine to Alabama. We’ll develop an appreciation for the "poetry of place" and for the rich variety of writers—from Whittier, Millay, Frost and Sandburg to Giovanni, Arnoult, Rash, and even Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam--who have sought to capture the essence of Appalachia. Ultimately, we'll educate our imaginations through sharing our experience with the literature and have fun in the process.

Course outline

Instructor: Jay Jacoby (jbjacoby@uncc.edu) retired as a professor of English from University of North Carolina at Charlotte after 26 years. He then taught part-time at UNC Asheville and in OLLI’s College for Seniors where he has offered more than a dozen different courses.