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Seminar 2:
Anglo-Catholic Writer
and Poet: W H Auden

W. H. Auden is one of the greatest English & American poets, though after 1940 he called himself a New York poet. When he died in 1973, Auden left an incredible literature of essays, criticism, libretti, plays, and poetry. He has been called a "walking civilization".

This seminar will introduce Auden in all of his complexity and contradictoriness, and in many moods. Auden was interested in the uniqueness of being human and an individual person, a concern that he celebrated as quintessentially Anglican. The seminar will also focus on what the presenters believe to be a neglected area in Auden studies and in the Church, his religion and more especially his Anglicanism. In 1941, Auden 'rediscovered' the Christianity of his upbringing. This ethical and spiritual worldview became a mainstay of Auden's life, writing and thinking. Anglican liturgical tradition became a key to meaning, influencing and inspiring his work. In anticipation of the upcoming NGV Show on "Vienna 1900", it seems timely also to explore Auden's attraction to Austria and its theatre.

The evening will be lively and various, with poetry and prose readings, discussion, recordings of Auden reading his work, and more. Will and Philip will lead the conversation, and you can join in, whether a novice or an aficionado.

Date Wednesday 6 April
Time 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Venue St Peter's hall, Eastern Hill, Melbourne
Cost $15 (concession: $12)
Speakers Dr William Johnston
Dr Johnston studied at Harvard University, and he taught European cultural history and the history of world religions at the University of Massachusetts, and the history of Christianity at the Yarra Theological Union. He is a contributor to the catalogue of the 2011 Winter Masterpieces Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, "Vienna 1900: Art and Design: Klimt, Schiele, Hoffmann".

Philip Harvey
Philip is a poet, librarian and writer. He runs the Carmelite Library in Middle Park. He is Poetry Editor of the Jesuit online journal Eureka Street and is a member of the Committee of the Institute for Spiritual Studies.

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