ONLINE SEMINAR
August 12 | A Force Against Circumstance: The Poetry of W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot

$250.00

For many years, neither expressed much enthusiasm for the work of the other. Yet William Butler Yeats and T. S. Eliot are regarded as two of Modernism’s most potent and influential voices. How are they similar, and what can we learn from the differences in their perspectives?

This seminar will explore poems—famous as well as obscure—of both writers, and will be an excellent way to sharpen skills at textual and comparative analysis. Those who are new to reading and discussing poetry are especially welcome.

When: Four weekly sessions on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, starting August 12, 2021

Duration: 2 hours per session

Cost: C$250 plus 13% HST (approx. US$207 plus 13% HST)

Group Size: 12-participant limit

How: We meet on Zoom; you will receive joining instructions approx. 3 weeks before the seminar start date. For your privacy, all our Zoom seminars are password-protected and are never recorded. See full conditions at the bottom of this page.

All seminar payments are nonrefundable. All discount codes must be used at time of purchase. If you would like to apply your Toronto Pursuits 2020 deposit to this seminar, please contact us.

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LEADER

For over a decade teaching at Benedictine University and Morton College, John Riley investigated the tenets of artistic Modernism through the poetry of Yeats and Eliot, paying particular attention to how these writers and other forerunners of the era were departing from Romanticism. 

BOOKS

The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats, edited by Richard J. Finneran
(Wordsworth Editions, 1994)
ISBN-13: 978-1853264542

The Complete Poems and Plays of T.S. Eliot
(Faber & Faber, 2004)
ISBN-13: 978-0571225163

These editions are recommended but not required.

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“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper”
— W.B. Yeats

They came from very different places. The Hudson Review reports that they were “associates but never companions,” having met face to face only a couple of times. For many years, neither expressed much enthusiasm for the work of the other. Yet William Butler Yeats and T. S. Eliot are regarded as two of Modernism’s most potent and influential voices. How are they similar, and what can we learn from the differences in their perspectives?

This seminar will explore poems—famous as well as obscure—of both writers and discover what unites them as exemplars of the 20th-century world. This will be a great learning opportunity for someone who has not done much work with poetry and an excellent way to sharpen skills at textual and comparative analysis.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable. All discount codes must be used at the time of purchase; no retroactive discounts will be issued.

Classical Pursuits does not record seminars. By participating in any seminar, registrants agree not to make their own seminar recordings and to abide by the Classical Pursuits code of conduct.

Image: Flower of Death–The Bursting of a Heavy Shell–Not as It Looks, but as It Feels and Sounds and Smells, by Claggett Wilson. 1919. Smithsonian Museum of American Art.

 

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