The Poetic Conversation

C$1,520 includes one seminar Monday to Friday, morning coffee and newspapers, five buffet lunches, afternoon speakers, a five-day opera lecture series, film screenings, guided walks, two cocktail receptions, a travel bazaar followed by dinner, and a range of other cultural and social activities. All costs are subject to the 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). A non-refundable C$300 plus HST deposit is required to secure your place; the balance is due June 1, 2019.

  • Participants who have attended Toronto Pursuits at least five times receive a C$215 discount.
  • Register with a friend, and if one or both are first-time participants, each receives a C$215 discount.
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LEADER

Rosemary Gould hails from Charlottesville, Virginia, where she is decidedly unlonely with her husband and three teenagers, house, and garden. She is the communications director for a small nonprofit. Leading seminars on lyric poetry for Toronto Pursuits has been one of the great joys of her life. She particularly likes it when participants who never felt they understood poetry before learn to love it. Shared inquiry seminars often have that effect on people.

 

POEMS

A selection of poems by Adrienne Rich, Andrew Marvell, Elizabeth Bishop, John Keats, John Milton, T.S. Eliot, William Wordsworth, and others. Details will be provided at registration.

We may think of poets as singular and even isolated voices, but the best poets are engaged in a project that is much more cooperative than it seems, an ongoing poetic conversation that includes the great poems of the past, the readership of contemporaries, and poets of the future.

When Keats’ “Ode to a Nightingale,” is read with Shelley’s “To a Skylark,” it becomes clear that Keats is engaged in dialogue with Shelley: Though the two poets never met, their minds meet in Keats’ work. In a similar way, Robert Lowell dedicated one of his best poems, “Skunk Hour,” to Elizabeth Bishop, and in turn she dedicated “The Armadillo” to him. Writing about a lonely animal, they explored the experience of loneliness with an awareness of the other’s influence, each bringing out the best in the other and providing a sense of fellowship that made their writing about isolation possible.

The best poems are not fully appreciated in isolation. They were written for an audience who could understand their position in relation to each other as being part of their meaning. And each poem is an attempt to shape the future, to have an influence on the canon as a whole, thus altering the way poems of the past are read and the way poems of the future are written.

The poems we will study in this seminar can be seen as one larger work of art, written over the course of centuries by people who were speaking primarily to each other—but we can eavesdrop if we learn their language.

 

 

Cost

The cost of Toronto Pursuits 2019 is C$1,520. This includes one seminar Monday to Friday, coffee and newspapers all week, five buffet lunches, afternoon speakers, a five-day opera lecture series, film screenings, guided walks, two cocktail receptions, a travel bazaar, and a range of other cultural and social activities. All costs are subject to the 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).

See Registration and Cancellation Policy at https://www.classicalpursuits.com/fine-print/registration-policies/

Discounts

ONE per registrant

  • Participants who have attended Toronto Pursuits at least five times receive a C$215 discount.
  • Register with a friend, and if one or both are first-time participants, each receives a C$215 discount.

Do you qualify for a loyalty or friend discount but would also like to purchase a concert ticket? Please make a note with your order when you check out and we will contact you.

Accommodations

You are responsible for booking your own accommodation. Click here for more information.

Stratford Shakespeare Festival Weekend

We will have more details about an weekend excursion to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival available later in 2018.

Additional information

Discount

Concert ticket, Gift registration, Not eligible, Five times, With friend

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