Selections for Augustine's Confessions

These are the passages to concentrate on for our upcoming discussion. The references are to Book and paragraph numbers which should correspond to most editions.

1.1, 1.20

2.4 through 2.9

3.5 through 3.8

4.8

5.10 through 5.14

6.6 through 6.12

7.5 through 7.13

8.7 through 8.12

9.10 through 9.13

10.6; 10.26 through 30; 10.35 through 37; 10.40

11.4

13.2 through 13.4; 13.17 through 13.18; 13.35 through 13.36


First class and Sappho

Welcome back! You can now download our Syllabus with recommended editions and schedule for discussion: Syllabus

For our first session of Brilliant Minds, Spring 2018, we'll be discussing poems and fragments of Sappho. I've ordered Anne Carson's wonderful edition, which offers the Greek text on facing pages. You can visually discern some of the linguistic patterning and poetic devices even without knowing the language.

Back in 2000, I translated selected poems and fragments (three of which were published by William Packard in The New York Quarterly). I recently found my old word processing files and converted them to create an eBook version in both PDF and EPUB formats. A complimentary PDF version is available here: Download Sappho_fragments_180203

(Both versions are available on the Lulu store: EPUB, PDF)

 


Scheduled Readings for Spring 2018

If you're planning on doing some advance reading, here is our upcoming schedule for Brilliant Minds, Spring 2018. Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Feb 6 - Sappho, Poems
Feb 13 & 20 - Augustine, Confessions
Feb 27 - Murasaki, The Tale of Genji
Mar 6 - Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Mar 13 - Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France
Mar 20 - Huong, Spring Essence
Mar 27 & Apr 3 - Pushkin, Eugene Onegin
Apr 10 - Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Apr 17 - Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March
Apr 24 - Roy, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness


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