ONLINE SEMINAR
August 27 | World War I Poetry: Wounded Bodies, Restless Minds

The poems of the few soldier-poets that figure prominently in cultural memory are only a tiny fraction of the literature written and published about World War I. The vast body of World War I poetry defies easy categorization. Even the most iconic “anti-war” and “pro-war” poems reveal, upon close reading, nuances and contradictions that may make us question these labels. What do these poems, both known and forgotten, tell us about their creators, their contemporary audiences, and ourselves and our own attitudes toward war? In this seminar read a small selection of poems about the experience of doctors, nurses and soldiers in the casualty clearing stations and field hospitals of the Western Front. The session will include preparatory background reading, and a brief introduction to the medical side of the war.

This seminar is designed as a standalone session, but it can also be combined with three other seminars on World War I poetry: On the Battlefield; Thinking of Home; and Looking Back. Get all 4 seminars for the price of 3! If you chose the Buy 3, Get 4 option, we will automatically register you for all 4 seminars. You do not need to register for each one separately.

NB: If you are interested in this seminar but can’t make an afternoon meeting, let us know. Depending on demand, we may schedule an evening option as well.

When: Thursday, August 27 at 2 p.m. Eastern/1 p.m. Central/11 a.m. Pacific

Duration: 2.5 hours

Cost: C$60 plus 13% HST (approx. US$45 plus HST) or C$180 for all 4 seminars (approx. US$135 plus HST)

How: We will be using Zoom online meeting software; you will receive instructions on how to download Zoom free after registration. For your privacy, all our Zoom seminars are password-protected and are never recorded.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.

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Description

LEADER

Melanie Blake is the director of Classical Pursuits. As part of this role, she organizes the annual cultural salon Toronto Pursuits and leads Classical Pursuits trips. She has led tours on World War I poetry in France and Belgium. Melanie studied English and French at Fordham University and the Université de Montpellier, and she has an MA from the University of Nottingham in literary linguistics, with a focus on cognitive linguistics and metaphor.

POEMS

Selected poems or short works by Mary Borden, Vera Brittain, Ellen La Motte and Ivor Gurney

Poems will be provided via PDF.

The poems of the few soldier-poets that figure prominently in cultural memory are only a tiny fraction of the literature written and published about World War I. The vast body of World War I poetry defies easy categorization. Even the most iconic “anti-war” and “pro-war” poems reveal, upon close reading, nuances and contradictions that may make us question these labels. What do these poems, both known and forgotten, tell us about their creators, their contemporary audiences, and ourselves and our own attitudes toward war?

In this seminar read a small selection of poems about the experience of doctors, nurses, orderlies and soldiers in the casualty clearing stations and field hospitals of the Western Front. The session will include preparatory background reading, and a brief introduction to the medical side of the war.

This seminar is designed as a standalone session, but it can also be combined with three other seminars on World War I poetry: On the Battlefield, Thinking of Home, and Looking Back. Get all 4 seminars for the price of 3! If you chose the Buy 3, Get 4 option, we will automatically register you for all 4 seminars. You do not need to register for each one separately.

Our high-quality seminars are everything you love about learning with Classical Pursuits — consistent focus on the text, emphasis on exploring meaning together, and a leader who asks questions to get you thinking — in virtual form. Online or in person, we invite you to be part of a convivial community that gathers to read, watch, listen to and discuss compelling literature, art, music and film. Study works that move, provoke, unsettle and inspire.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.

Image credit: Australian field dressing station during the Battle of Messines

 

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