"Spiritual formation cannot be forced, only prepared for. Hence its means cannot be those of conquest, but only of facilitation and preparation." [Adrian van Kaam, Studies in Formative Spirituality, I, 2 (1980), 303]

Course: Go, seek the Kingdom - Pilgrimage & Poetry

Dr Elizabeth Guy
JPilgrimage  Poetry
Starts Tuesday 6 Feb 2018
This course examines the vibrant response of poetry to the experience of pilgrimage. Human beings have been compelled to turn their backs on the comfort of home in order to journey to the sacred. Even Odysseus knew the difficult journey of pilgrimage - fraught with suffering and an intense longing for a distant goal. Paradoxically, pilgrims travel forward in order to reach what the Ancient Greek philosopher Plotinus called that place from which we have come. Why?

Pilgrims seek many things: blessings, travel, trade, escape, adventure, freedom, resilience, transcendence, exotica and a state of mind. Are we all pilgrims on our journey homeward? We will be examining poetry that explores the motivations, processes and transformation brought about by the act of pilgrimage.

This is a FOUR week course. All pilgrims of poetry, weary or otherwise, are most welcome! Please join us.

Dr Elizabeth Guy (BA Dip Ed, Diploma in Art History, Masters, Hons., PhD in Poetry & Politics) has taught Literature and Language in high schools in NSW and WA as well as in UTS, Sydney University, University of Santiago Chile, University of South Pacific Fiji and the University of Sterling in Scotland. She is currently writing a book on Poetry.

When:  Four Tuesday mornings, 10am - 12noon,  6 - 27 February 2018
Where:  Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington Street, The Rocks, Sydney
Cost:  $144 per person, including notes

PLEASE register before the course starts so that notes will be available. 

Course Outline:

Week One: Early pilgrims

Psalm 84
Homer The Odyssey (extract)
Dante Inferno Canto I (extract)
Chaucer The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue (extract)

Week Two: Renaissance pilgrims

Raleigh The Passionate Man’s Pilgrimage
Shakespeare Romeo & Juliet (extract)
Donne Hymn to God, My God, in My Sickness
Bunyan The Pilgrim

Week Three: Romantic pilgrims

Byron Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage Canto IV (extract)
Hemans The Landing of the Pilgrims
Whitman Song of Myself 46 (extract)
Jewett The Pilgrim

Week Four: Modern pilgrims

Herbert The Pilgrimage
Heaney Funeral Rites
Lynch Pub Pilgrimage
Jeffers Washita Battlefield National Historical Site

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