What can reading poetry teach us about the relationship between creativity and critical thinking? Between writing and living? What is a poem? What is a good poem? Poetry makes us think about what it means to be human; it paints a picture of how and why we think, and what we ought to think about. No matter what your interests, learning how to read a poem can hone the precision of your thinking, the grace of your expression, and the expansiveness of your thought. This course is an inquiry into the oldest form of literature and an exploration of what is arguably the most complex, and profound expression of human experience. The course consists of 75% literary analysis and 25% of student’s original writing. In addition to a wide selection of poems written in different forms and from different eras, the course will also feature a focus on Geoffrey Chaucer’s, “The Miller’s Prologue and Tale,” William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, and the work of Maya Angelou. We will consider these poets, as well as many others, in an effort to explore their individual perspectives regarding the human condition throughout the ages.