CIIS Class – June 2012

A Poetic Introduction

Course Description:

We will endeavor to open doors to Rilke’s world by looking at his art through the lens of his life, and availing ourselves of the light modern depth psychology may shed on both. Rilke’s formative struggle with Christianity; his romance with Russia and the brilliant Lou Andreas-Salomé; his apprenticeship to the sculptor Auguste Rodin: these and other crucial biographical developments will provide the context for close readings of key poems (often in the instructor’s own translation) spanning virtually the whole of Rilke’s opus. In the course of this compact odyssey, we’ll see how basic depth psychological concepts (e.g., anima, nigredo) play out on the stage of poetic life, and gain a glimpse of Rilke’s compelling vision of the nature and destiny of the human soul.

Summer June 11-15, 2012
Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness Program
California Institute of Integral Studies
PARP 6256-01, 1 Unit
RILKE: A Poetic Introduction

Instructor: Daniel Polikoff
Monday through Friday, June 11-15, 10:15 am-1:15 pm
Room 306 (Mission)
Course Description

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