The aim of this course is to appreciate poetry in depth by experiencing poetical works from various perspectives.
This course is an introduction to poetry and also an introduction 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 written by Pablo Neruda and other famous poets.
Antonio Skarmeta, Il Postino (1996) Other readings to be supplied as handouts.
Reference books will be introduced in class.
Active participation in class.
Class attendance / assignments / term exam
１．Il Postino (a Michael Radford film) ２．Mario finding the right words to win Beatrice's heart ３．Mario learning to think of the village in lyrical terms ４．Poetry and inspiration ５．Reading Il Postino by Antonio Skarmeta ６．Film and novel: Similarities and differences ７．Pablo Neruda and Mario ８．Chile: Historical background ９．Analyzing the themes: Society, poetry, poets 10．Reading love poems 11．How Pablo Neruda depicts love 12．Love lost and love remembered 13．Finding / writing love songs 14．Writing about literature, writing about film 15．Discussion: Sharing ideas
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