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Sense of Poetry, The; Phoenix And The Turtle, The

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12/12/1957

In this last episode, "Professor and Lowell Television Lecturer at Harvard University" I. A. Richards reads and discusses Shakespeare's "The Phoenix and the Turtle." He sits at a desk and addresses the camera; texts read at length scroll down the screen. Richards recaps the themes of truth and beauty, love and knowledge that have recurred throughout the series as he closely reads the obscure allegorical poem. 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
Phoenix And The Turtle, The
Program Number

108

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

00:29:09

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Poetry--Appreciation
Richards, I. A. (Ivor Armstrong), 1893-1979
The Phoenix and the Turtle
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
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; Phoenix And The Turtle, The,” 12/12/1957, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 5, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_846B8194DEAE460683CCF1667556F0C7.
MLA: “Sense of Poetry, The; Phoenix And The Turtle, The.” 12/12/1957. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 5, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_846B8194DEAE460683CCF1667556F0C7>.
APA: Sense of Poetry, The; Phoenix And The Turtle, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_846B8194DEAE460683CCF1667556F0C7
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