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Seekers, Sayers and Sages … The Great Wild Poets Throughout History

January 15, 2016 @ 10:00 am - March 11, 2016 @ 11:50 am

A New Class Offered At OLLI Dominican University Winter 2016

Great poets have often operated as cultural, intellectual and spiritual scouts, operating far beyond the pale of social, political and artistic norms. In bringing back glimpses of the future, they engaged, delighted, shocked and sometimes scandalized their worlds. Therefore they enjoyed both the adulation of some and suffered the derision and scorn of others. Still they persisted.

For example Emily Dickinson tread upon strange new poetic ground in numerous, delightful ways. We’ll explore them. She dismissed the commercial marketing of poetry as an “auction of the mind”!

We’ll also look at Walt Whitman who revolutionized poetry in both style and content. In fact, because of the sensual, hedonistic nature of his work it was often banned. And these are just a taste of the poets we’ll cover. We’ll also explore the wild, beautiful audacity of poets Mira Ba, Baraka, Angelou, Rumi, Neruda, Clifton, Sarton, Bly, Collins, Rilke, Levine, Plath and others, each expanding and pushing the limits of art, philosophy and culture.

We’ll take a deep dive into the poetry and artistic worlds of these wild and provocative poets. What animated their lives and work? And most importantly, what inspiration, insight, joy and down-to-earth practical lessons can we take away from their work and lives?


January 15, 2016 @ 10:00 am
March 11, 2016 @ 11:50 am


OLLI Dominican University


Dominican University
San Rafael, + Google Map
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