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.
Text: Eli Siegel, “Poetry Is the Making One of Opposites,” in The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known #521
Alternate Mondays, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Beginning date of this class: Mon, Sep 19
Fee: $60 per semester (7 classes)
Fee for auditing a class: $12
Ms. Reiss is the editor of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known, where her commentaries can be read online.
Fall 2016 Syllabus
September 19: Confusion Is Still Here—and Poetry Tells about It
October 3: There Are America and Poetry, and What’s the Relation?
October 17: When Is Anger Poetic?
October 31: The Strange and the Everyday: Poetry Says We Want Both
November 14: Money—Is Poetry Right about It?
November 28: A Line of Poetry Truly Liked
December 12: Looking for Something: Poetry Is about That