All sessions run from 12:45pm to 2:45pm
January 25 2018
A rose can be emblematic of love, beauty or value. Red roses can represent passion, while white roses can signify purity. The thorns of a rose may imply a warning about the snag attendant upon the very passion represented (“But he who dares not grasp the thorn/Should never crave the rose.” ― Anne Brontë).
This month we will celebrate the use of the rose as a poetic symbol or metaphor. Please bring your own illustration of this for reading and discussion and, if you wish, post it first on the blog via the CONTACT US page, or email it to me directly.
Bruce Burnett: The Rose Tree by William Butler Yeats
Graeme Hughes: The Sick Rose by William Blake; The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, Paradiso, Canto XXX, Canto XXXI and Canto XXXII. See Dante Alighieri The Divine Comedy for the complete poem.
The poetry of Lorna Crozier and Jan Zwicky
Anne Fletcher: In Memoriam, Pierre Elliott Trudeau by Lorna Crozier
Practising Bach by Jan Zwicky
Graeme Hughes will lead a discussion and reading of the Australian poet, Les Murray
Our resident expert on “The Wasteland,” Bill Ellis, will elucidate this difficult poem
“The Wasteland” Part Two
Revisiting Ekphrastic Poetry; this time we will read and discuss poetry inspired by a piece of music, or vice-versa (e.g. Mozart Songbook by Joan Larkin or Bill Evans: “Alone” by Jan Zwicky).
Graeme Hughes: “The Lark Ascending” by George Meredith
Traditional Summer free-for-all
Great Narrative Poetry of the Victorian era. Please bring your own favourite example. Selections to-date:
Graeme Hughes: Morte d’Arthur by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Bruce Burnett: THE SOULS OF THE SLAIN by Thomas Hardy (Boer War poem written in 1899). The Host Of The Air (1899) by W. B. Yeats
A Forsaken Garden (first publication date: 22 July 1876) by Algernon Charles Swinburne (Read: Denunciation of Faith: Charles A. Swinburne’s “A Forsaken Garden”)
The poetry of Fernando Pessoa