THE AESTHETIC REALISM EXPLANATION OF POETRY
Taught by Ellen Reiss
Aesthetic Realism itself, with its unprecedented comprehension of people, arose from Eli Siegel’s explanation and teaching of poetry. Eli Siegel is the critic who showed truly what poetry is. He showed that poetry — because it is fair to the whole world and oneself at the same time, because it is logic and feeling as one thing, because it puts opposites together — answers the questions of every person’s life.
This class, taught by Ellen Reiss, the Aesthetic Realism Chairman of Education, continues what Eli Siegel began to teach in 1938: “Poetry…is the oneness of the permanent opposites in reality as seen by an individual.”
A prerequisite for attending this class is some previous study of Aesthetic Realism: either in Aesthetic Realism consultations, or through at least one semester of another Aesthetic Realism class.
Syllabus Fall 2013
Text: Eli Siegel, “Poetry Is the Making One of Opposites,” in The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known #521;
September 16: Poetry: The Resounding Victory of Truth
September 30: The World Is What Can Be Touched & What Can’t; or, The Tangible & Intangible in Poetry
October 14: Is the Unknown Our Friend?
October 28: Poetry Loves Prepositions
November 11: The Land Is a Poetic Matter
November 25: A Line of Poetry Truly Liked
December 9: The Drama of Active & Passive—in Poetry & Us
Alternate Mondays, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Fee: $60 per semester (7 classes)
Audit: $12 (Contact Registrar: 212.777.4490)
Ms. Reiss is the editor of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known, where her commentaries can be read online.