Poetry, Experience and the Imagination
First-Year Seminar Program 192
This seminar will examine the role of the imagination in experience as mediated by poetry. How do poems represent daily life, that is, what it is like to experience life itself? What can poetry do for the imagination and how can poetry transform our experience? We will focus on these questions as we read and interpret a selection of poems and philosophy from ancient Greece to modern America. Authors to be read include Sappho, Plato, Aristotle, Catullus, Ovid, Dante, Pound and Stevens. These are poets and philosophers who work with ideas about what role the imagination plays and should play in our experience.