Skip to Main Content

Stay Tuned—2019 Sessions Coming Soon!

Poets & Perception

July 22 – 28, 2018 | Annapolis, MD

Playful fairies spin love stories out of magic and illusion in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, inviting us to contemplate the deception of perception. What is really true if we cannot trust our own senses? Alongside Shakespeare, we will read Plato’s Theaetetus, where Socrates attempts to define what it means to know, and Dickinson and Wordsworth, two poets whose beautiful words challenge our notion of sight and speech. In laboratory, we use works by Aristotle and Boethius to examine the senses, their objects, and our access to them.

SF Summer Academy 2017 Poets And Perception

Classes and Readings

For more information, the college urges students and parents to review expectations and policies, a campus map, and additional need-to-know details about Summer Academy.


Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Plato, Theaetetus, excerpts


Aristotle, On the Soul, excerpts

Boethius, “Pythagoras and the hammers”



Shakespeare, Sonnet #46

Stevens, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”

Dickinson, “There’s a certain slant of Light”

Wordsworth, “Tintern Abbey”

Example Workshops

Croquet, swing dancing, sailing, and choral singing

Example Excursions

Tour of historic downtown Annapolis and a boat cruise on the Chesapeake Bay

Summer Academy Sessions

About Summer Academy in Annapolis

At the St. John’s College Summer Academy, the community formed among students is a natural extension of the friendships and ideas formed in the classroom. To this end, Summer Academy students experience life at St. John’s by taking lessons in croquet, swing dancing, sailing, and choral singing. Students’ conversations about the heart will continue as they are taken on a historic tour of the Downtown Annapolis and embark upon a sunset cruise on the Chesapeake Bay.