The next theme for Culture Club is… ‘Reality’.
This was my choice, following on from our theme of ‘madness’ from last time.
Here are the works we’ll be discussing:
- Jorge Luis Borges: Labyrinths
- Vladimir Nabokov: Pale Fire
- Henry Green: Loving
- Richard Strauss: Symphonia Domestica
Plus the following poems by Dylan Thomas:
- Ears in the turrets hear
- Poem on his birthday
- A winter’s tale
- Into her lying down head
- Love in the asylum
- Ceremony after a fire raid
- In country sleep
- Fern Hill
- From love’s first fever to her plague
- The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
- Especially when the October wind
- Light breaks where no sun shines
- And death shall have no dominion
- After the funeral
- A refusal to mourn the death, by fire, of a child in London
- Poem in October
- Do not go gentle into that good night
- In my craft or sullen art
Finally the prose work by Dylan Thomas, A Prospect of the Sea.
The theme is a loose one – I guess it’s to look at how each of these works explores the nature of reality, and asks the question ‘How do we experience reality?’
I hope it makes sense. I’m currently reading the Henry Green, which is wonderful – I think I see why he’s been referred to as a ‘writer’s writer’.
If I get time I’ll write some thoughts (although time seems to be in increasingly short supply at the moment).