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Many times a week, I walk by the Irish Hunger Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in downtown Manhattan.
Both are extraordinarily successful memorials and both incorporate innovative use of text. They are emotionally moving, visually captivating, and literally tell the story of the memorial and the experiences they commemorate.
I began to think about how memorials stand in memory, in literature, and in our cities. How the great walls of Uruk were a memorial to Gilgamesh, and were memorialized as such in the text itself.
What follows in the link at the end of this post is a brief response to, and a free association between Gilgamesh and images of these two contemporary memorials in our very own city.
These images are inspired by the lines of Gilgamesh which reference the walls of Uruk in the opening and closing sections of the edited poem. This most ancient literary work keeps referencing writing itself.
You will find a few of the images, with sections of text from Gilgamesh at this page:
So, here are some miscellanies following our discussions of Gilgamesh.
Langdon (includes transliteration and tablets, scroll down): http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18897/18897-h/18897-h.htm
Walls of Uruk (a couple of good photos, ignore the ads): http://www.ancientpages.com/2015/11/28/walls-of-uruk-built-by-sumerian-king-gilgamesh-4500-years-ago/
Uruk (some maps, historical, sociological, and bibliographical material): https://www.ancient.eu/uruk/
Picard (for you Trekkies, from one of the best episodes): https://youtu.be/QoM_kPGfkw0
Sound of the Akkadian poetry: http://www.openculture.com/2015/10/hear-the-epic-of-gilgamesh-read-in-the-original-akkadian-language.html
For our upcoming session on Rumi, we will concentrate on poems from the sections below. If you have a favorite from another section that you would like included in our discussion, please let me know!
References are to The Rumi Collection, ed. Kabir Helminski (Shambhala 2005)
1. Working with Our Humanness
3. Awe, Naked Wonder
4. The Inner Work
8. Signs That Speak
13. Boiling the Chickpeas
14. The Complete Human
16. Love is the Cause
We're about to start up again in two weeks! You can download our Syllabus here:
Week 1: Feb 11 Gilgamesh, trans. Ferry
Week 2: Feb 18 Gilgamesh, trans. Ferry
Week 3: Feb 25 Jalal al-Din Rumi, The Rumi Collection, ed. Helminski
Week 4: Mar 3 Jalal al-Din Rumi, The Rumi Collection, ed. Helminski
Week 5: Mar 10 Shakespeare, King Lear, eds. Mowatt and Werstine
Week 6: Mar 17 Shakespeare, King Lear, eds. Mowatt and Werstine
Week 7: Mar 24 Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, trans. Pevear and Volokhonsky
Week 8: Mar 31 Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, trans. Pevear and Volokhonsky
Week 9: Apr 7 O’Connor, Everything That Rises Must Converge
Week 10: Apr 14 O’Connor, Everything That Rises Must Converge
Week 11: Apr 21 Obreht, Inland
Week 12: Apr 28 Obreht, Inland
Here's a link to the Boswell lecture by Borges. Enjoy!
And now that you've made it through Boswell, Wordsworth is a breeze! While I've listed The Prelude as our main reading, try including the following additional poems and the prose Preface to Lyrical Ballads if you have them in your edition. (Parenthetical references are to the page number in the Oxford Classics edition, except for The Prelude, as noted below.)
The Ruined Cottage (31)
We Are Seven (83)
Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey (131)
"Strange fits of passion I have known" (148)
Lucy Gray (149)
To Joanna (201)
"There is an Eminence,--of these our hills" (203)
"The world is too much with us" (270)
She was a Phantom of delight (292)
Ode ("There was a time") (297)
"I wandered lonely as a Cloud" (303)
The Solitary Reaper (319)
The Prelude (375) - the following references are to Book and Line numbers within The Prelude
Book 1: 169-176; 227-304; 490-501; 648-674
Book 2, 69-78; 122-144; 170-193; 208-236; 348-395
Book 3, 69-81; 106-194; 392-407
Book 4: 33-34; 68-83; 140-180; 311-345
Book 5, 198-222; 575-629
Book 6, 253-256; 261-331
Book 7, 117-120; 145-204; 593-623; 645-696
Book 8, 62-82; 689-710; 347-390
Book 9, 1-17; 40-62; 170-177; 397-414; 642-645
Book 10, 197-201; 307-566; 627-629; 722-726
Book 11, 1-41; 138-149; 195-396
Book 12, 15-51; 69-93; 126-277
Book 13, 1-84; 120-122; 149-210; 268-278; 332-350; 386-452
Preface to Lyrical Ballads (595)