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"It is the honourable characteristic of Poetry that its materials are to be found in every subject which can interest the human mind." William Wordsworth The Troubadour Podcast invites you into a world where art is conversation and conversation is art. The conversations on this show will be with some living people and some dead writers of our past. I aim to make both equally entertaining and educational.In 1798 William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge published Lyrical Ballads, which Wordsworth called an experiment to discover how far the language of everyday conversation is adapted to the purpose of poetic pleasure. With this publication, he set in motion the formal movement called "Romanticism." 220 years later the experiment is continued on this podcast. This podcast seeks to reach those of us who wish to improve our inner world, increase our stores of happiness, and yet not succumb to the mystical or the subjective.Here, in this place of the imagination, you will find many conversation with those humans creating things that interest the human mind.

The Troubadour Podcast Kirk j Barbera

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    • 5.0, 23 Ratings

"It is the honourable characteristic of Poetry that its materials are to be found in every subject which can interest the human mind." William Wordsworth The Troubadour Podcast invites you into a world where art is conversation and conversation is art. The conversations on this show will be with some living people and some dead writers of our past. I aim to make both equally entertaining and educational.In 1798 William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge published Lyrical Ballads, which Wordsworth called an experiment to discover how far the language of everyday conversation is adapted to the purpose of poetic pleasure. With this publication, he set in motion the formal movement called "Romanticism." 220 years later the experiment is continued on this podcast. This podcast seeks to reach those of us who wish to improve our inner world, increase our stores of happiness, and yet not succumb to the mystical or the subjective.Here, in this place of the imagination, you will find many conversation with those humans creating things that interest the human mind.

    The Beauty of The Nose With Kelsy Landin

    The Beauty of The Nose With Kelsy Landin

    Kelsy Landin is a sculptor who has recently found an unexpected niche: The Nose. On the social media platform TikTok her videos have been reaching millions of young people. She had been making 60 second videos teaching different aspects of sculpting,...

    • 50 min
    The Ballad of Birmingham by Dudley Randall

    The Ballad of Birmingham by Dudley Randall

    Don't just read news articles, read poetry. 

    • 20 min
    Creating Art in The Time of Quarantine W/ Jeremiah Cobra

    Creating Art in The Time of Quarantine W/ Jeremiah Cobra

    Jeremiah Cobra is the author of the book—written during quarantine—"And Then he Shot his Cousin." We discussed the creative process for this story, the background and even the style and content. I had a wonderful time exploring the artist creations of...

    • 1 hr 51 min
    Sonnet 129: 'The Expense of Spirit in a Waste of Shame' by William Shakespeare

    Sonnet 129: 'The Expense of Spirit in a Waste of Shame' by William Shakespeare

    Shakespeare in LUST!When most of us think of Shakespeare we think of the great love poet. He is known as one of the greatest romantic love poets of all time. Yet in this poem he rails against sex. Not romantic sex of course, but sex devoid of spirit.By...

    • 31 min
    The Practical Value of Reading Literature W/ Deanna Heikkinen

    The Practical Value of Reading Literature W/ Deanna Heikkinen

    Ask someone the following two questions. First, "Is reading literature a good thing?" Then, "Do you read literature?" And it is amazing that everyone will answer affirmative in the former and negative in the latter.Do that with anything else in life and...

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day by William Shakespeare

    Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day by William Shakespeare

    Who remembers those magic eye illusions from the 90s? On this episode I use Shakespeare's most famous poem to illustrate how poetry is like those illusions.Poetry begins as a meaningless jumble of lines on a page, but it ends with deep meaning. As Frost...

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Jrivas1 ,

Perfect for the poetry novice!

I’ve never been a fan of poetry. I found it confusing and boring. However, Kirk’s ability to make poems relevant and easy to understand helped me appreciate the true beauty behind poetic words. Great concept!

spgumm ,

The Title Says It All...

Kirk is a natural and inspirational teacher. As an avid reader, and one who has learned more from”non-business” books than many business books, I’m thrilled to hear how Kirk related literature to life. This is a great podcast for anyone looking to live a better life.

Linda Tucker ,

Challenge Your Beliefs/Challenge Your Thinking

Thank you for challenging peoples thinking, Kirk…Great concept podcast!

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