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Poetry Weekend

November 16-17, 2024

The Great Books Poetry Weekend is held annually in November. Each year, the weekend includes discussions along with a poetry activity that entertains and involves all the participants.



Please join us in Fall 2024 for the next Poetry Weekend!

We’ve made a few changes to the format of this year’s Poetry Weekend. Rather than having the theme and guest poet separate from our small group discussions, we are putting all the pieces together.


The Weekend will focus on a broad theme – The Unraveling: Poetry of the Early Twentieth Century - a period of enormous change and upheaval. Not only were innovations in technology and science transforming the fabric of society and challenging established ideas, the legacy of World War I left a heavy and dark toll on the sensibilities of the period.


Poetry Weekend will focus on the impact of these forces on poetry – the movement from Romanticism and the Enlightenment to a world shrouded in uncertainty. We will look at the roots of modernism through the works of poets such as T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, W.B. Yeats, Robert Frost, and others.


The weekend will open with an interactive talk by a noted scholar to provide a foundation and context for our exploration of this period. In the afternoon, there will be small group discussions of representative poems. On Sunday, small group discussions will continue with an exploration of a single longer work.


Stay tuned for more details.


Zoom or in-person

We are grappling with the question of whether to continue on Zoom or return to our previous in-person format. The Vallombrosa Conference Center in lovely Menlo Park, the site of many pre-pandemic Poetry Weekends, is available. You can help us in our ruminations by contacting if you have a preference for Zoom vs. a return to Vallombrosa.


For a list of books about poetry, please click here.

For lists of the poems that we've discussed during previous Poetry Weekends, click here:

Questions? Please send email to:

Paula Weinberger, or

Ginni Saunders,

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