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Sri Aurobindo's Poetry - Text guide

Author: Rod Hemsell

Last Updated: December 29, 2008

THE UNIVERSITY OF HUMAN UNITY - FALL SEMESTER 2008Text GuideThe Poetry of Sri Aurobindo Rod Hemsell
  1. Sri Aurobindos Theory of Quantitative Metre (1)

1.1 Text: The Future Poetry (FP, 2000)

1.1.1 p. 322-323 the powerful sweep, the divine rush

a technique of Nature flowing spontaneously

1.2 Text: Letters on Poetry, Literature and Art (2002)

1.2.1 p. 1 Poetry, or at any rate a truly poetic poetry, comes always from some subtle plane through the creative vital

1.2.2 p. 3 If the substance, rhythm, form, words come down all together ready-formed from the plane of poetic creation

1.2.3 p. 4 the Overmind, for instance, is the ultimate source of intuition, illumination, or heightened power

1.2.4 p. 79 The mantra is a word of power

1.2.5 p. 81 A new art of words demands a new technique

1.3 Text: Collected Poems (1999)

1.3.1 p. 524 Ahana (a reading) (pause 49.10-52.10)

1.4 Text: FP

1.4.1 p. 332 If we are to get a true theory of quantity, the ear must find it; it cannot be determined by mental fictions or by reading with the eye (end 59.64)

2. The Theory of Quantitative Metre (2)

2.1 Text: FP (pp.324-342)

2.1.1 p. 324 The way was long

2.1.2 p. 325 Cover her face (pause 30.00-35.10)

2.1.3 p. 325 The language used

2.1.4 p. 326 In all these instances, it will be seen that

2.1.5 p. 377 Descent ( a reading) (end 1.08)

3. The Theory of Quantitative Metre (3)

3.1 Text: FP

3.1.1 p. 376 The Witness and the wheel

Who art thou in the heart comrade of man who sitst

August, watching his works, watching his joys and griefs

Unmoved, careless of pain, careless of death and fate? (pause 28.0)

3.1.2 p. 332-333 If we are to get a true theory of quantity

3.1.3 p. 335 One and unarmed in the car (pause 1.01.58)

3.1.4 p. 387 (ILION) The Herald ( a reading) (1.02.17-1.11.17)

4. The Theory of Quantitative Metre (4)

4.1 Text: FP The importance of sound to the theory of mantra

4.1.1 p. 376 The Witness and the Wheel (pause 31.40-32.10)

4.1.2 p. 346 Even if the new forms are only

4.1.3 p. 347 A free use of modulation (stop 1.04)

4.1.4 p. 383 Ascent (a reading) (1.06-1.09)

5. The Meaning and Practice of Sri Aurobindos Yoga of Poetry (1)

5.1 Text: FP

5.1.1 p. 383 The Silence

5.1.2 p. 384 Beyond the Silence (pause 32.2-33.0)

5.1.3 p. 384 One with the transcendent

5.1.4 p. 277 FP The lyrical impulse

5.1.5 p. 282 The intimate and intuitive poetry of the future

5.2 Text: Collected Poems

5.2.1 p. 143 The witness Spirit

5.2.2 The Hidden Plan (a reading) (end 1.01.4)

6. The Meaning of Sri Aurobindos Poetry (2)

6.1 Text: FP Form and Spirit

6.1.1 p. 283-284 The soul of man

6.1.2 p. 285-286 The spirit and intention

6.1.3 p. 289 The words which we use in our speech

6.1.4 p. 290 The degree of word forceclear adequacy

6.1.5 p. 291 The second powera more powerful expression

6.1.6 p. 292 A richer, subtler, and truer poetic effectivity

6.1.7 p. 295 The genius of the poet

6.1.8 p. 298 The voice of poetry comes from a region above us

6.1.9 p. 348 An unconsciously quantitative free verse in Whitman

6.1.10 p. 349 Come lovely and soothing death (stop 54.10)

6.2 Text: The Complete Works of P. B. Shelley

The Revolt of Islam (a reading) (55-1.21)

7. The Meaning of Sri Aurobindos Poetry (3)

7.1 Text: FP Form and Spirit

7.1.1 p.286 The future poetry will follow this directionthe epic journey of the soul

7.2 Text: Savitri (1996)

7.2.1 p. 173 As one who

7.2.2 p. 172 Adventuring once more (pause 30.20-31.20)

7.2.3 p. 495 Then journeying forward

7.2.4 p. 498 Here was a quiet country

7.2.5 p. 500 So she fared on across her silent self

7.2.6 p. 501 O Savitri, from thy hidden soul we come

7.2.7 p. 503 Here from a low and prone and listless ground

7.2.8 The Triple Soul-Forces (stop 1.02)

7.2.9 The man of sorrows (a reading) (1.04-1.13.2)

8. The Meaning of Sri Aurobindos Poetry (4)

8.1 Text: Savitri

8.1.1 Commentary on three thematic structures: the souls journey, sacrifice, and the process or practice of stillness...

8.1.2 p.17 There is a darkness in terrestrial things (pause 26.09-27.15)

8.1.3 p. 340 Adept of the self-born unfailing line

8.1.4 p. 444 He who would save himself lives bare and calm

8.1.5 p. 488 At first out of the busy hum of mind

8.1.6 p. 74 Admitted through a curtain of bright mind

8.1.7 p. 78 His soul retired from all that he had done

8.1.8 p. 80 In the hushed precincts of a vaster plan (end 1.07.10)

9. The Mantric Power of Sri Aurobindos Poetry (1)

9.1 Text: Savitri

9.1.1 p. 476 I am thy portion here charged with thy work (pause 31.0-31.50)

9.1.2 p. 522 At first she stepped into a night of God

9.1.3 p. 536 Only her soul remained, its emptied stage

Fear not to be nothing that thou mayst be all

Annul thyself that only God may be. (stop 1.04.25)

10. The Mantric Power of Sri Aurobindos Poetry (2)

10.1 Text: Savitri Bk 7 Cn 7 The Cosmic Spirit

10.1.1 (omit starting discussion 0-21.10)

10.1.2 p. 552 An impersonal emptiness walked and spoke in her

10.1.3 p. 553 Impassive the body claimed not its own voice

10.1.4 p. 554 But now the unmoving wide spiritual space (pause 52.05-54.0)

10.2 Text: Savitri Bk 3 Cn 3 The House of Spirit

10.2.1 p. 315 In the unapproachable stillness of his soul

10.2.2 p. 320 And Thought potent no more

10.2.3 p. 322 Empty grew Natures wide community. (stop 1.14.36)

 

11. Understanding Savitri as Yoga Mantra (3)

11.1 Text: Savitri The Book of Everlasting Day

11.1.1 p. 693 O living power of the incarnate word (pause 34.31-36.26)

11.1.2 p. 696 The form of things had ceased

11.1.3 p. 697 Then after silence a still and blissful cry (stop 1.04)

12. The Epic Form, Mantra, and Overmind Truth (4)

12.1 Text: ILION (Collected Poems)

12.1.2 p. 425 Ilion is vanquished then

12.1.3 p. 448 Here in a chamber of luminous privacy

12.1.4 p. 498 So in the courts of heaven (end 1.12.15)