Welcome to Brilliant Minds

A companion site for courses by Peter Arcese on classics, contemporary literature, and the arts ... Here you will find items related to our readings and discussions ... Ideas, images, background information, suggested readings, bibliographies, and notes on related performances, all find a presence here ... Enjoy your reading and check back regularly for new posts!


Elizabeth Bishop

Some poems by Elizabeth Bishop to read for our next class:

"The Fish"

"Visits to St. Elizabeths"

"At the Fishhouses"

"Questions of Travel"

"In the Waiting Room"

"The Moose"

"One Art"

"Sandpiper"

"The Man-Moth"

"Love Lies Sleeping"

"The Riverman"

"The Monument"

"Questions of Travel"

"Sestina"

"Pink Dog"

"Sonnet"

 


Spring 2018 Book List

Here's the list of upcoming books for Spring 2018!

  1. Sappho, Poems
  2. Augustine, Confessions
  3. Murasaki, The Tale of Genji
  4. Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
  5. Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France
  6. Huong, Spring Essence
  7. Pushkin, Eugene Onegin
  8. Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
  9. Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March
  10. Roy, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

(editions to be announced)


Whitman 1855

Silly me, in our class I referred to the titled poems as they appear in the final edition of Leaves of Grass. This semester I want us to focus on how this work first appeared, and like nothing that came before. So, be sure to read through the first poem in the 1855 edition, which is later titled “Song of Myself.” It’s the longest one.

Here’s a link to “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking

Here’s “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d