1. Usually I like to take notice of National Poetry Month. This year, it has almost completely passed me by. List of poems read by me and my students in class this month:

  • Paradise Lost, John Milton (excerpts)
  • “Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift,” Jonathan Swift
  • “Essay on Criticism” and “Essay on Man,” Alexander Pope
  • “The Vanity of Human Wishes,” Samuel Johnson
  • Jubilate Agno (“My Cat Jeoffry”), Christopher Smart
  • Canterbury Tales (various), Geoffrey Chaucer

That kept us pretty busy.