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Poetry Confronting Art

This six week course explores poetry that confronts art (Ekphrastic poetry). We will be exploring poetry written in response to a particular Art work. In our conversation I will model how to unpack various poetic renderings of Art and share knowledge and skills to enhance your poetic experience. This course is for the intrepid explorer of both Art and Poetry. No previous skills or knowledge are required. Join me on this journey to uncover the interface between Poetry and Art! This... [More]

Japanese Poetry: Haiku Ginko - Writing Zen

Some people wonder how to begin to write. But nobody ever wonders how to begin to walk. If you combined those two things, and let your hand move the way your legs are moving, it is easy. A haiku (a Japanese form of short poem) captures a moment in nature. It is a doorway to Zen practice – it’s a way to write what you know. A ginko is a walk in nature, during which your writing hand keeps moving just like your legs. Whatever sights, sounds and smells you experience can transform... [More]
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Australian History and Literature

The course looks at Australian history from the start of European interest in the country and its consequent settlement. With every period in history, we read books and other texts that correspond with that period. We ask the same questions that people have been asking themselves from the moment they landed here: what is this country, how do I fit in it, who are we, what does it mean to be Australian, who belongs and how do we test that, what are Australian values and ideas and... [More]
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Past, Present and Future Worlds: Science Fiction Themes in Literature and Film

From Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1818 onwards science fiction has explored the relationship between technology, society and the individual. It has been described as the history of humanity’s changing attitude to space and time. It reflects our changing knowledge of the universe and our position within it through literature, film and all forms of popular culture. The course will look at this genre through a series of themes such as time and space travel. COURSE OUTLINE From... [More]
Past, Present and Future Worlds: Science Fiction Themes in Literature and Film
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A Day of Australian Poetry

Explore the marvellous variety and depth of Australian poetry and meet the poets who make us smile, weep and think about all things Australian. We take a fascinating journey into the bush and the cities, meet iconic animals and of course meet the great characters of Australia from the poetic talents of the likes of Wright, Dawe, Slessor, Harwood, Hope and Lawson. COURSE OUTLINE Location, location, location – Australian poems about place including Jack Davis' 'Camped in the Bush'... [More]
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English Poetry: The Elizabethans to the Late Romantics

This course offers a unique experience of the range of English Poetry: from the towering rhetoric of Elizabethan revenge drama – Chapman, Kyd, Marlowe and finally Shakespeare; through the flights of imagination of the great Romantics – Keats, Shelley, Wordsworth and Tennyson; to the late Romantic experiments in texture of Swinburne, Thompson and others that culminated in the originality with which Hopkins forged his amazing language. SUGGESTED READING Boris Ford, ed. Pelican Guide... [More]
English Poetry: The Elizabethans to the Late Romantics
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Shakespeare's Villains

Dissect the great evildoers of Shakespeare’s canon: Iago, Edmund, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, alongside the more problematic cases of Shylock and Hamlet. Debate the nature of ‘evil’ in the context of the playwright who penned 'There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.' Find out why these villains have become archetypes with enduring relevance. Learn about cataclysmic Elizabethan and Jacobean events that shaped their concept of evil, and compare Jacobean and... [More]
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Russian Literature in Translation: Pushkin, Turgenev and Tynianov

Explore in this course three of Russia’s greatest writers, beginning with Pushkin, the outstanding poet and short-story writer who has remained Russia’s most-loved author. We will then study several of the shorter novels of Turgenev, the most westernized of the 19th century Russian writers. The course will conclude with a study of the very witty and satirical work of Tynianov, an under-appreciated writer who worked in Soviet Russia. SUGGESTED READING Pushkin, Eugene Onegin Pushkin,... [More]
Russian Literature in Translation: Pushkin, Turgenev and Tynianov
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Four Seasons in One Day – Appreciating Poetry Through the Seasons

This day will explore and unpack the nature of poetry in all its myriad forms and expressions through comparing and contrasting the rich array of verse based on the four seasons. A fun and informative encounter with poetry from such diverse poets as our own Judith Wright with Summer, Rudyard Kipling’s In Springtime, Longfellow’s Snow-Flakes, Keats' evocative Ode to Autumn and all the seasons personified by the great William Blake. COURSE OUTLINE Spring – including A Light exists in... [More]
Four Seasons in One Day – Appreciating Poetry Through the Seasons
$104 inc GST / $94
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