"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 Princess and the Puma by O. Henry
O. Henry is a romantic writer, not because he writes epic tales of our medieval past, or that his stories always are love stories (though this one is!) but rather, because of his unique usage of language.He never wanted to accept that the ordinary had...
8. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville (Chapter 4: The Inquiry)
This is the final reading of Benito Cereno by Herman Melville.
7. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville (Ch 3 Summary and A Closer Look)
The primary narrative of this novella ends with this chapter. Next is a series of deposition documents describing the inquiry into the slave revolt.In the summary I condense the key events of this chapter. In the closer look, I discuss three key points...
6. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville (Ch 3 "Follow Your Leader")
This chapter concludes the major part of Melville's narrative. We left off at the end of chapter 2 with the shaving scene. Delano has left Cereno to confer with his slave Babo. Delano is surprised t see Babo running after him with a cut on his face. He...
5. Benito Cereno By Melville ("Ch 2 Summary" and "A Closer Look")
Here I give a quick summary of chapter 2: The Gordian Knot. Then we dive into the mind of Captain Amasa Delano.One of the key values of reading great literature is the ability to enter the consciousness of another person. This is something we are unable...
4. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville (Chapter 2: The Gordian Knot)
This is my reading of chapter 2 of "Benito Cereno" by Herman Melville.Please note that this is part 4 of the series on this novella. In part One I have created an introduction for the text. In Part Two I have read Chapter 1: A Ship in Distress. In Part...
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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!
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.
Challenge Your Beliefs/Challenge Your Thinking
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