"Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)

Course: The Poetry of Grace III - Rainer Maria Rilke

The Duino Elegies


Note revised dates
Starts Weds 8 November

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 – 1926) is a poet of and for our times in his unrelenting quest for the truth that might be revealed through the creative process. Deeply inspired by the visual arts (he was secretary for a period of Auguste Rodin), by Russian monasticism (Das Buch vom Monchischen Leben) and by the sacred inhering in the natural world, Rilke was throughout his life a seeker of the truth.

This seminar will explore some of these aspects of the poet's life and work through the eyes of a native German speaker who will provide English translations from the original German. The emphasis will be on the final grand works, The Duino Elegies & The Sonnets to Orpheus (1912- 1922) All texts and notes will be provided.

Michael has a special interest in the Arts and has co-curated a number of recent conferences: Writing the Sacred (2102), Addressing the Sacred (2013), Grounding the Sacred (2015) and Awakening the Sacred with Laurence Freeman as keynote speaker (July 7-8, 2017).

Presenter:  Michael Griffith, PhD
When:  Four Wednesday mornings, 10am - 12noon,  8 - 29 November 2017
Where:  Level 5, 141 Harrington Street, Sydney
Cost:  $144 per person, including notes

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