I'm finishing up my Shakespeare syllabus, and choosing the opening sonnets. I'll be coming back to sonnets for a couple days after the midterm, too.
So here's the contest: which Shakespeare sonnets should I start with, and which come back to after the midterm, and why?
The winner gets acknowledged on the syllabus or something if you want!
I'm also setting up a short section of my poetry class to look at how poems imagine men's and women's bodies. I'm thinking of pairing Herrick's "The Vine" with his "Delight in Disorder." But because students seem to think we should read things from after 1700, I was also looking for some other ideas. Maybe Sharon Olds' "The Pope's Penis"?
(I'm also thinking of the one about cutting off body parts, but I'll have to wait until I wake up at 2am with the author and title. /sigh)
I'd be happy to entertain other suggestions, especially poems written in the past 50 years or so.
I have to admit, one of the fun things about teaching a poetry class is that every day is a favorite poems day. But it's so hard to choose!