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 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
The Spring-Summer 2020 semester of classes via video conference is now in session. To audit a class, permission must be requested by telephone 2 days in advance of the date of the class. Contact Registrar at 212.777.5055, between 2-6 PM Eastern Time (USA), Monday through Friday. If you receive permission to audit, click here to pay the auditing fee of $12.
- June 1: Weight & Lightness—in Poems, People’s Feelings, & the World
- June 15: Being Separate & Together: A Drama of Our Time—& a Success in Poetry
- June 29: Listen—Sounds Are Told about in Poetry
- July 13: Good Will Is the Great Necessity; or, Poetry Is Always Good Will
- July 27: What Does Poetry Say about Danger?
- August 10: A Line of Poetry Truly Liked
- August 24: The Confusing Opposites of Continuity & Change—They’re Musical in Poetry
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Alternate Mondays, 6:00 – 7:30 PM Eastern Time (USA)
Dates of this class: Jun 1, Jun 15, Jun 29, Jul 13, Jul 27, Aug 10, Aug 24
Fee: $60 per semester (7 classes)
To audit a class, permission must be requested by telephone 2 days in advance of the date of the class. Contact Registrar at 212.777.5055, between 2-6 PM Eastern Time (USA), Monday through Friday.
If you receive permission to audit, click here to pay the auditing fee of $12.
Ms. Reiss is the editor of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known, where her commentaries can be read online.back to classes]