The Troubadour Podcast
#3. Sunday Morning Poetry: Art as Religion
Mar 31, 2018
Kirk j Barbera
Happy Easter! On Sunday Morning Poetry #3 I'm reading the poem "Sailing to Byzantium" by William Butler Yeats. This is a poem often thought to be about Yeats' views on life after death. But I believe it's about Art as a religion, and, specifically, about the idea of reincarnation or "resurrection in our natural lives.
"The coward dies many deaths, but the brave man dies but once." Julius Caesar.
How can we worship reincarnation if we are an humanist atheist? How can we appreciate the death and rebirth of our own selves?
Well listen in.
I'll be discussion:
The story of Easter according to Christianity (Christ's resurrection)
The story of Demeter
The Rape of Persephone
The story of Dionysus (Bacchus)
The Eleusinian Myths
The Dionysian festival
And of course a converse with verse with Sailing to Byzantium.