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Poems Every Catholic Should Know

Join acclaimed author Joseph Pearce as your guide in our exclusive high school online course, delving into the timeless verses of ‘Poems Every Catholic Should Know.’ Experience the power of poetry through the author’s insightful teachings, unlocking the beauty and wisdom of these cherished works while enriching your understanding of the Catholic literary tradition.

Total classes: 6

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th

Suggested credit: 1/2 semester of Poetry or Literature. Precede with Anglo-Saxon England: Bede and Beowulf for a full semester credit.

Special Notes: Also register for Anglo-Saxon England: Bede and Beowulf, which precedes this course in the same time slot, for a full semester literature credit.


Join Professor Pearce as he leads us through a thousand years of Christian verse, introducing us to those great poems that every Catholic should know, including the poetry of Dante, Southwell, Crashaw, Coleridge, Newman, Hopkins, Belloc, Chesterton, and Sassoon.


Class One – Dante (pp. 10-21)

Class Two – Martyred Saints & Exiled Poets (pp. 47-72 & 116-129)

Class Three – Coleridge, Newman & Hopkins (pp. 165-183 & 215-220)

Class Four – Wilde, Thompson & Dowson (pp. 223-249)

Class Five – Belloc, Baring & Chesterton (pp. 251-253 & 262-268)

Class Six – Sassoon (pages 269-274)

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: Poems Every Catholic Should Know by Joseph Pearce (the instructor), ISBN #1505108624 978-1-50510-862-0 (http://amzn.to/2DapouD also available as a Kindle book. The Kindle app is free.)

Homework: The reading assignment for each class is detailed in the Course Outline above. Students should complete the assigned reading for each class beforehand. Students should highlight the passages discussed in class and review this for the quiz assigned for each class. The estimated time for homework for each class, i.e. for the assigned reading and reviewing for each quiz, should be about 90 minutes.

Important Dates

Class dates: Wednesdays, October 30 to December 11, 2024. (No class Nov. 27)

Starting Time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central; 11:00 Mountain; 10:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

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