ONLINE SEMINAR
March 31 | Wilfred Owen: Beyond “Dulce et Decorum Est”

C$ 275.00

This seminar offers a broad and deep examination of the work of the World War I poet Wilfred Owen. His best-known poem, “Dulce et Decorum Est”, often serves as a summary of his poetic ideas and legacy. Yet in his short career, Owen explores a range of themes and styles as he develops his voice. His poems and letters express ambiguity and contradictions that cursory readings of his best-known works glide over.

We will try to better understand these complexities through close reading of a chronological selection of Owen’s poems. Please see full details in the product description below.

When: Four weekly sessions on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, starting March 31, 2021

Duration: 2 hours per session

Cost: C$275 plus 13% HST (approx. US$215 plus 13% HST)

Group Size: 12-participant limit

How: We will be using Zoom; you will receive joining instructions after registration. For your privacy, all our seminars are password-protected and are never recorded.

All seminar payments are nonrefundable. If you are interested in applying your Toronto Pursuits 2020 deposit to this seminar, please contact us.

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Description

LEADER

Melanie Blake is the executive director of Classical Pursuits. She studied English and French at Fordham University and the Université de Montpellier, and has an MA in literary linguistics from the University of Nottingham. She was a francophone guide in San Francisco and has led or co-led Classical Pursuits trips in North America, South America and Europe, including two trips to WWI battlefields in Ypres (Belgium) and the Somme.

POEMS

The poems we will read are in the public domain and will be sent by PDF. However, participants who wish to have an edition of Owen’s poetry with excellent notes and background material are encouraged to get the collection listed below. Note that there are many independently published collections of Owen’s poetry that are of varying quality. The collection below is the most highly recommended single-volume edition of Owen’s work.

The Poems of Wilfred Owen, ed. Jon Stallworthy
(Norton, 2013)
ISBN-13: 978-0393303858

(Chatto & Windus, 1990 / Vintage, 2009)
ISBN-13: 9780701136611

We encourage you to support local bookstores or other independent sellers. In the US, try Bookshop.org. In Canada, try McNally Robinson or Indigo.

This seminar offers a broad and deep examination of the work of the World War I poet Wilfred Owen. His best-known poem, “Dulce et Decorum Est”, often serves as a summary of his poetic ideas and legacy. Yet in his short career, Owen explores a range of themes and styles as he develops his voice. His poems and letters express ambiguity and contradictions that cursory readings of his best-known works glide over.

We will try to better understand these complexities through close reading of a chronological selection of Owen’s poems. The bulk of each session will be devoted to reading poems aloud, analyzing them individually, and discussing their relationship to each other. Along the way we’ll look at writers and works that influenced Owens (Keats, Shelley, Sassoon, fin-de-siècle French poetry). We’ll also consider what he said about his poetry in his own words, primarily in letters to his mother.

No knowledge of Owen or World War I is required. Participants will receive supplementary materials on how to get the most of out reading poetry and on Owen’s life and critical reception, along with recommended reading about WWI literature and history.

The seminar will be read-as-you-go.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.

 

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