The Aesthetic Realism Explanation of Poetry
Taught by Ellen Reiss
Aesthetic Realism itself arose from Eli Siegel’s explanation and teaching of poetry. He is the critic who 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 the Aesthetic Realism Chair 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 course is some previous study of Aesthetic Realism: either in Aesthetic Realism consultations, or through at least one semester of another Aesthetic Realism course.
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 Eastern Time (USA)