Coffee lecture: Poetry through the ages
With Professor Barry Spurr
Professor Barry Spurr, popular lecturer at the Gallery and Professor of Poetry and Poetics at the University of Sydney, presents this new series, surveying the different and contrasting eras of poetry in English history.
It will reflect broader developments in thought and artistic expression, beginning with early modern love poetry of the 16th century and concluding with the modernists of the 20th century.
In each lecture, broader themes will be brought into focus in the discussion of several poems by leading poets of the age.
Start with coffee in the Domain Theatre foyer at 10am, followed by the talk at 10.30am in the Domain Theatre.
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Thursdays 13-27 June, 11-25 July 2013, 10am
$20 student with ID card
Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878
Cancellations: Three full working days (Mon–Fri) notice is required to qualify for a refund. All refunds attract an administration charge of 25% of the ticket price(s) with a minimum charge of $5. With subscription tickets there are no refunds for single sessions, unless a session is cancelled. Not negotiable.
Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Domain Theatre
Early modern love poetry: Petrarchanism and anti-Petrarchanism
Astrophel and Stella by Sir Philip Sidney; Songs and sonnets by John Donne
Thursday 13 June 2013 10am – 11:30am
The poetry of meditation: 17th-century religious poetry
Holy sonnets by John Donne; The temple by George Herbert; Paradise lost by John Milton
Thursday 20 June 2013 10am – 11:30am
The rape of the lock by Alexander Pope; The vanity of human wishes by Samuel Johnson; On a distant prospect of Eton College and Elegy written in a country churchyard by Thomas Gray
Thursday 27 June 2013 10am – 11:30am
Songs of innocence and experience by William Blake; Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Ode: intimations of immortality… and The world is too much with us by William Wordsworth; This lime-tree bower my prison and Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Thursday 11 July 2013 10am – 11:30am
The Lady of Shalott by Alfred, Lord Tennyson; Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold; Remember and Echo by Christina Rossetti; The windhover and Pied beauty by Gerard Manly Hopkins
Thursday 18 July 2013 10am – 11:30am
The Lake of Isle of Innisfree, No second Troy and The second coming by WB Yeats; The love song of J Alfred Prufrock, The waste land and Journey of the magi by TS Eliot
Thursday 25 July 2013 10am – 11:30am