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Sense of Poetry, The; Ode On a Grecian Urn

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11/28/1957

In this episode, "Professor and Lowell Television Lecturer at Harvard University" I. A. Richards reads and interprets Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn" and related works. He sits at a desk and addresses the camera; texts read at length scroll down the screen. Richards's discussion focuses on the relationship between beauty and truth, love and knowledge. The professor parses a number of poetic uses of term "beauty," proclaims that "Poetry, like music, is an art of sound," and announces that Keats's Urn represents "Life seen from the angle of death." Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by John Marx & Mark Cooper. The prime aim of "The Sense of Poetry" is to put great poetry before the public for whom simultaneous reading and listening offers a clearer presentation than either can apart. This series of eight lectures by Harvard Professor I.A. Richards gives background and insight, and will provide an exciting introduction to poetry that will capture the imagination of almost any group.


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Series
Sense of Poetry, The
Program
Ode On a Grecian Urn
Program Number

106

Series Description

The prime aim of "The Sense of Poetry" is to put great poetry before the large and ?? public for whom simultaneous reading and listening offers a clearer and ?? presentation than either can apart. Commentary, explanation, and criticism have been subordinated to this joint presentation and have been chiefly concerned ?? supply -- again by print and voice together -- passages of earlier prose and verse each assist in the exploration of the poem under study. The poems were selected and arranged so that this illustration by quotation might be cumulative. The series as a whole is an introduction to the theme: "Platonism is English Poetry," and the passages cited from Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus and others are among the essential roots of Western culture. This series of eight lectures, by Harvard Professor I.A. Richards background and insight, as well as his dramatic flair, will provide an exciting introduction to poetry that will capture the imagination of almost any group. Program Eight: The Phoenix and the Turtle The most mysterious poem in English, Shakespeare's The Phoenix and the Turtle is looked at in the light of the affirmations made by all the preceding poems in the series. Series release date: 1957

Program Description

The prime aim of "The Sense of Poetry" is to put great poetry before the large and ?? public for whom simultaneous reading and listening offers a clearer and ?? presentation than either can apart. Commentary, explanation, and criticism have been subordinated to this joint presentation and have been chiefly concerned ?? supply -- again by print and voice together -- passages of earlier prose and verse each assist in the exploration of the poem under study. The poems were selected and arranged so that this illustration by quotation might be cumulative. The series as a whole is an introduction to the theme: "Platonism is English Poetry," and the passages cited from Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus and others are among the essential roots of Western culture. This series of eight lectures, by Harvard Professor I.A. Richards background and insight, as well as his dramatic flair, will provide an exciting introduction to poetry that will capture the imagination of almost any group. Program Eight: The Phoenix and the Turtle The most mysterious poem in English, Shakespeare's The Phoenix and the Turtle is looked at in the light of the affirmations made by all the preceding poems in the series.

Duration

00:29:01

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Endymion
Poetry--Appreciation
Plato
Keats
Ode on a Grecian Urn
Spenser, Edmund, 1552?-1599
Milton, John, 1608-1674
A Hymn of Hevenly Beauty
Paradise Lost
Tractatus logico-philosophicus
Keats, John, 1795-1821
Symposium
Republic
Wittgenstein, Ludwig, 1889-1951
Richards, I. A. (Ivor Armstrong), 1893-1979
Atalanta in Calydon
Swinburne, Algernon Charles, 1837-1909
Murry, John Middleton, 1889-1957
Genres
Educational
Topics
Literature
Contributors
Richards, I. A. (Ivor Armstrong), 1893-1979 (Host)
Publication Information
Courtesy of Thirteen/WNET New York and WGBH Boston
Citation
Chicago: “Sense of Poetry, The; Ode On a Grecian Urn,” 11/28/1957, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 6, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_464E208A2C7445ACAA51E935936FDFA0.
MLA: “Sense of Poetry, The; Ode On a Grecian Urn.” 11/28/1957. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 6, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_464E208A2C7445ACAA51E935936FDFA0>.
APA: Sense of Poetry, The; Ode On a Grecian Urn. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_464E208A2C7445ACAA51E935936FDFA0
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