Poems of love and death
POEMS OF LOVE AND DEATH
Dr Peter Anderson, senior lecturer, Department of English, University of Cape Town
It’s often held as axiomatic that poetry is about love and death (and one might add about poetry itself as well), but why should this be? This course looks at a selection of poems concerning love and death, in themselves, as well as the death of love or the love of death, to try and figure out just why poetry, of all genres of literature, should have so close an affinity with these subjects.
- ‘Wulf and Eadwacer’ (from the Old English, but in translation)
- Shakespeare, ‘Sonnet 73’
- Donne, ‘A Hymn to Christ, on the Author’s Last Going into Germany’
- Tennyson, from In Memoriam
- Lowell, ‘Sailing Home from Rapallo’
This course will be offered on the Microsoft Teams platform. Participants will be sent a link.