Course Detail: O_RILKE - In-Person - Rainer Maria Rilke: Cultivating the Inner World, Nurturing the Passionate Soul

This philosophical discussion class explores the rich inner world illuminated by Rilke's journals/letters/poetry/prose. He lived during times of rapid social and technological change (1875-1926). To him, the world seemed overly-embroiled in materialism; losing its soul. Introductory film-clips/lectures; then his writings will foster discussion on such topics as his idealized image of a soulmate, despite repeatedly choosing unavailable partners; his deeply treasured isolation despite unrelenting loneliness; and his mystical/metaphysical relationship to all living things. (W.H.Auden affectionately called him "the greatest lesbian poet since Sappho.") Primary works considered: Sonnets to Orpheus and Duino Elegies. "Not to be cut off, not through the slightest partition, from the law of the stars. The inner -- what is it if not intensified sky, hurled through with birds; deep with winds of homecoming." Not a literary criticism course!

Course Pre-requisites
(required) OLLI Membership 2024-2025

 Session Information: OPSUM24_IP_C_RILKE (SOLD OUT! Waitlist available)

Schedule: Every week on Thursday, starting on 06/20/24 and ending on 08/01/24 (excluding 07/04/24)
Only 5 days left to register!
Times: 12:45pm-02:45pm EDT
OLLI Course : $60.00

Instructors

Name Additional Resources
Joan Aldrich

Facility Detail

Wishcamper Center, Room 133
44 Bedford St.
Portland, ME 04101