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A Student's View of Del Poet's Society

By: Bridget Bowles

I’ll be honest with you. Writing a short blurb explaining what our odd little club is, was much harder for me to do than it should have been. Simply put, the DEL Poets Society is a group of like-minded individuals who meet once a week to discuss poetry. But what does that really mean? Our definition of poetry is quite loose. Topics range from Shakespearean sonnets to Lana Del Ray to Platonic philosophy. In one meeting, we might start with an analysis and comparison of our favourite poems, shift to an argument over the literary value of the Ever After High books, and end with a sharing of how each of us envisions our happy place. Each week we apparently have a specific writing assignment, and each week 90% of our members bring in a work of theirs that not only doesn’t follow the rules and structure of the prompt but also ceases to have any relation to its theme. Yes, this is a poetry club, but to say it is JUST a poetry club, or that it is THE poetry club, would be inaccurate. We are both a group of poetic scholars who read Dante, Shakespeare, Hopkins, and Sappho and a group of surprisingly whiny teenage writers who overshare their most intimate feelings.

“But I was in search of love in those days, and I went full of curiosity and the faint, unrecognized apprehension that here, at last, I should find that low door in the wall, which others, I knew, had found before me, which opened on an enclosed and enchanted garden, which was somewhere . . . in the heart of that gray city.” – Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited. The DEL Poets Society is my low door in the wall. We spent almost three months meeting in the beautiful sunroom of the heritage house. With the soft afternoon light pouring in through those big windows and between tall flowers, it was an escape from the chaos of my weeks. The friends I have made are some of the greatest I have ever had, and the effects this club has had on my life are ones I will feel and be thankful for for years to come.

I do not think there has ever been a club like this at De La Salle (at least not in the last eight years). So if you think you would enjoy an admittingly quite strange yet cathartic analysis of great poetry with a group of terribly lovely individuals, I cannot recommend the DEL Poets Society enough.

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