“Kathleen Raine; Novalis & William Blake”

A presentation given at the Section meeting on November 26, 2022.

Kathleen Raine, a poet and scholar, was the founder of the Temenos Institute. In this lecture, I discuss Raine’s contribution to the literary arts and humanities, and I discuss her idea of “Tradition.” Using Novalis and Wm. Blake as two other primary examples, along with poet Albert Steffen, this lecture is another attempt to springboard a discussion of our Section work and methodology as we live further into our 21st century. It complements the many other posts on this topic of our Section work (its meaning and methodology) that can be found throughout the website, such as the essay by Vivien Law: “Does the Work of Our Section Really Matter?”

— Bruce Donehower



For some related discussions of the themes in this lecture:

Steps Towards a Poetry of Knowing (Meeting Summary, April 22, 2022 in celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday)

The Dawn of the Beautiful: A Utopian Future? Essay by Christiane Haid

Toward the Poetics of Wholeness. Essay by Clifford Venho