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
May 21: Caring for Something; or, What Have People Treasured?
June 4: The Poetic Line: What Is It—and Why Does It Matter So Much?
June 18: There Is Objection—and There’s the Poetic Criterion for It
July 2: What Does It Mean to Be at Ease?
July 16: Poetry Tells about History
July 30: A Line of Poetry Truly Liked
August 13: Power—That Desired Thing: What Does Poetry Say about It?
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Alternate Mondays, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Beginning date of this class: Mon, Sep 24
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]