Poetry, World, & Spiritual Thought

Honors 430

From the ancient Hindu scripture, Bhagavad Gita, to the poetry of 17th century mystic, Angelus Silesius, to the existential angst found in Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies, to the nature-based songs sung by the South American Yawanawa tribe, to Awakening Shakti and the Goddess as she appears in her myriad forms, to Stephen H. Buhner's epic work, Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, to The Immortality Key: a contemporary scholar’s take on the Greek Eleusinian Mysteries & the role of sacred plants in the development of Christianity – this class will take you on a fascinating journey through the world (or multiple worlds) of spiritual thinking. My hope is that you finish this semester as a more open-minded, informed, interested, conscious, human being.

For a final project, you will have the option of responding to one of our themes in an academic or artistic fashion by choosing to create one of the following: research essay, short film or documentary, group of songs, or chapbook of poetry.