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Poetry Fireside Chat: The Re-enchantement of Poetry & Civilization


Could the disenchantment of our modern world be in part due to the disenchantment of its poetry and art? Might the path out of our disenchanted world lay in the re-enchantment of art and poetry, rather than the other way around? In this latest Poetry Fireside Chat, we explore works by three living poets which treat the various stages that we all must go through as we seek the re-enchantment of not only our own lives, but civilization itself.

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Guest
Sep 22, 2023

This is the first fireside chat I have ever watched, and I don’t have the words to describe what a wonderful experience it was. My spirit was very uplifted by it, between listening to David read those amazing poems and then having the opportunity to hear three great poets share their insights on said poems.


I think David is correct in his belief that we possess a longing for the eternal and the infinite, something beyond ourselves and the world in which we live. It puts me in mind of the Greek word pothos:

https://www.livius.org/articles/concept/pothos/


Strangely, I have experienced that longing since I was a child (without knowing what it was obviously) and have since subconsciously sought many means of…


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jm6783685
Sep 08, 2023

It's funny I've just now been thinking along these lines myself. And comparing the fates of Robert Lowell and Sylvia Plath, on the one hand, and Eliot, Yeats and Rilke on the other. The very fact that I use the Christian names of the former, and don't with the latter, says it all, doesn't it? The work of the former is a joke; the work of the latter sets a benchmark that has simply never even been caught sight of since, little own reached. The latter were tempted to undergo psychoanalysis, and have recourse to psychiatrists, but resisted; and put all their faith in the craft of poetry itself. They didn't dissipate their energies. Through poetry - and through the…


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