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Poetic Thinking 2016 | January 19, 2020

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Posts By Scott Weiss

February 1922

March 15, 2016 | 1

I’m intrigued by the notion that we can pinpoint modernity to a single moment (Stephen Greenblatt would place it in 1417 when Poggio Bracciolini discovered a lost manuscript of Lucretius’ De rerum natura). The image of Rilke composing his sonnets … Read More


March 3, 2016 | 5

We ended class today by talking about the ending of The Seventh Seal and whether it was satisfying.  Some people thought that the film “over-ended,” i.e. it should have ended with the image of the girl’s face (ironically, this discussion occurred … Read More


February 18, 2016 | 2

I want to pick up where we left off at the end of class today.  There seemed to be some discomfort about the gap between Joan Didion, the real person and author, and “Joan Didion,” the narrator of The Year of … Read More


January 20, 2016 | 2

In his video “Different Ways of Looking” (29:25), Jonathan Harris names “compression” as the first of “four shifting forces” in our present culture (the other three being “disposability,” “curation,” and “self-promotion”).  He describes the development from conversations to letters to … Read More


January 17, 2016 | 2

I want to revisit a distinction we tried to make in class last week between art and poetry.  We struggled with the question of whether one lay beneath the other’s umbrella, and if so, which category subsumed the other.  As … Read More