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Author Merton, Thomas, 1915-1968. presenter, author.

Title Thomas Merton on literature [sound recording] : John Milton, T.S. Eliot and Edwin Muir.

Publication Info. [Rockville, MD] : Now You Know Media, [2018]
Location Call No. Status
 Nichols Adult Books on CD Nonfiction  828 MER    AVAILABLE
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Description 1 audio disc (MP3) : CD audio, digital, [2018]
Physical Medium 4 3/4 in.
Description digital rdatr
optical rdarm
audiofile CD audio rda
Note Compact disc, MP3 format.
System Details System Requirements: CD/MP3 player or PC with MP3 capable software.
Note Note: This set was previously published as a part of Thomas Merton on William Faulkner and Classical Literature. It contains newly remastered content, including two new lectures.
Summary How can poetry help us understand the world, both past and present? Thomas Merton’s life and works are the stuff of legend. A modern-day Augustine, he left behind his life as a worldly intellectual to join a Trappist monastery. There, he made a name for himself as a bestselling spiritual writer and social activist. This set of his talks reveals a lesser-known side of Thomas Merton: an eminent critic and teacher of literature. His dual identity as a monk and literati make him the premier guide to poetic expression. As you listen along, you will enjoy moments of penetrating insight and reflection as often as moments of levity and laughter. At the center of the talks lies the concept of classical literature: prose and poetry in the tradition of writers like Virgil and Homer. In particular, you will look at the classical consciousness of twentieth-century poets T. S. Eliot and Edwin Muir. Against this backdrop, you’ll consider how Lord Byron, Bob Dylan, and Merton himself fit into—and often rebel against—the classical tradition. An all-around literary genius and prolific poet in his own right, Merton reaches the height of his passion and wisdom when he speaks about John Milton in the second half of the series. By tying together an array of writers—from a budding rock star to an epic English poet who helped Merton through his dark night of the soul—you will journey to the heart of the poetic imagination.
Contents Metaphysical intuition in poetry -- Mythical imagination -- The present state of poetry -- A classical consciousness -- Eliot on Milton: "What is a classic" -- The classical outlook.
Subject Milton, John, 1608-1674 -- Criticism and interpretation -- Sound recordings.
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 -- Criticism and interpretation -- Sound recordings.
Muir, Edwin, 1887-1959 -- Criticsm and interpretation -- Sound recordings.
Genre Audiobooks.
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