This course is an introduction to poetry and also an introducation to prose. In Il Postino, a film based on Antonio Skarmeta's novel, Mario, the postman, through the tutelage of Pablo Neruda, the poet, learns to express his ideas through poetry. We will watch the film and enjoy the love poems by Pablo Neruda and other famous poets.
Class attendance / assignments / term exam
Antonio Skarmeta, Il Postino (1996) Other readings to be supplied as handouts.
Reference books will be introduced in class.
Active participation in class.
1. Antonio Skarmeta, Il Postino 2. Il Postino (a Michael Radford film)
3. Mario learning to think of the village in lyrical terms
4. Mario finding the right words to win Beatriz's heart
5. Pablo Neruda's love poems 6. Some famous love poems (1) Love's beginnings (2) Love in absence (3) Love fulfilled (4) In warning of love (5) Love lost and love remembered 7. The relationship between literature and reality
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