All sessions run from 12:45pm to 2:45pm
Poetry that has inspired music (e.g. “The Lark Ascending” by George Meredith and “The Afternoon of a Faun” by Stephane Mallarme). We will also include the poetry written by popular lyricists such as Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell.
Please bring your own selection, but post it first on CONTACT US page or email your choice to me directly.
Bruce Burnett: Joni Mitchell, Chelsea Morning (lyrics), Joni Mitchell, Chelsea Morning (audio) –Leonard Cohen, Dance Me to the End of Love (lyrics), Leonard Cohen, Dance Me to the End of Love (audio)
Anne Fletcher: Treaty by Leonard Cohen (lyrics), Treaty by Leonard Cohen (audio)
Graeme Hughes: “The Lark Ascending” by George Meredith
T’ang Dynasty (618–907) poetry (discussion to be led by Sharon).
The Following schedule for 2018 is tentative and to be confirmed:
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.
The poetry of Lorna Crozier and 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 (e.g. Mozart Songbook by Joan Larkin or Bill Evans: “Alone” by Jan Zwicky)
Traditional Summer free-for-all
The poetry of Fernando Pessoa