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
January 20: Poetry & Government: To Whom Should a Nation Belong?
February 3: Trees: What Does Poetry Say about Them?
February 17: What Is Strangeness?—Poems Are about This
March 2: Memory—That Great, Troubling, Poetic Thing
March 16: Weight & Lightness—in Poems, Mind, & the World
March 30: A Line of Poetry Truly Liked
April 13: Listen—Sounds Are Told of in Poetry
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Alternate Mondays, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Beginning date of this class: Mon, Jan 20
Fee: $60 per semester (7 classes)
Ms. Reiss is the editor of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known, where her commentaries can be read online.back to classes]