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Sense of Poetry, The; Ecstasy, The, Part I

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10/31/1957

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. In the second episode, "Professor and Lowell Television Lecturer at Harvard University" I. A. Richards reads Donne's "The Ecstasy" line by line and observes its "disputable points." Richards sits, his lecturing to the camera punctuated by verses that scroll down the screen. This episode begins to treat a number of Platonist themes that will preoccupy Richards in the series, including the relationship between the "object of thought" and "object of desire"--are they the same?--and the problem of of self-knowlege. Poetic feeling is presented as necessary mediator between the senses and the soul. Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by John Marx & Mark Cooper.


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Series
Sense of Poetry, The
Program
Ecstasy, The, Part I
Program Number

102

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

00:28:33

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Aristotle
Richards, I. A. (Ivor Armstrong), 1893-1979
Eliot, T. S.
The Frontiers of Criticism
Donne, John, 1572-1631
Dance of Shiva
Metaphysics
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
Plato
Troilus and Cressida
The Republic
Poetry--Appreciation
Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish, 1877-1947
The Ecstasy
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; Ecstasy, The, Part I,” 10/31/1957, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 4, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4E83AD6E7D054F509C915E83DBA9B9FE.
MLA: “Sense of Poetry, The; Ecstasy, The, Part I.” 10/31/1957. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 4, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4E83AD6E7D054F509C915E83DBA9B9FE>.
APA: Sense of Poetry, The; Ecstasy, The, Part I. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4E83AD6E7D054F509C915E83DBA9B9FE
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