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"It is the honourable characteristic of Poetry that its materials are to be found in every subject which can interest the human mind." William Wordsworth The Troubadour Podcast invites you into a world where art is conversation and conversation is art. The conversations on this show will be with some living people and some dead writers of our past. I aim to make both equally entertaining and educational.In 1798 William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge published Lyrical Ballads, which Wordswor ...
 
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Ah to love is to be a fool, to tell your love is to be a double fool. But to be a triple fool? How does one do that? John Donne will show you how. In this special episode I go in to this poem with no prep. That means you will experience a live analysis and exploration of this poem. There will be times when I say "oh I was wrong about that inter ...…
 
What is the purpose of a penal system? Is it strictly to punish or can it be to reform? If it can reform what are the best methods of accomplishing this? The romanticist Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote a poem called The Dungeon, which is a soliloqouy from a man who resides in a medieval dungeon. He is lamenting more than his own personal situatio ...…
 
I had the pleasure of visiting the Quent Cordair Fine Art Gallery in Napa Valley and chatting with poet, painter, author, novelist, Marine, businessman (etc etc!) Author Quent Cordair. William Wordsworth said that a poet is a "man speaking to men." This is certainly true of Quent Cordair's poetry. We chatted about his poetic influences and fict ...…
 
Do you know that annoying couple that is always so lovey dovey? You know the type, they wear matching clothes and finish each other's sentences? Well get prepared to meet a man who believes he is so in love that he believes they should be canonized forever. In "Canonization" John Donne makes a bizarre argument. Why can't two ideal lovers become ...…
 
In this episode I will give you two extreme models of education. One is best represented in the tale of Petronilla and the other is best represented in that of #gretathunberg A theme that runs throughout the 1798 Lyrical Ballads by Coleridge and Wordsworth is that of nature as educator for a child. In this poem—a fragment from a theatrical play ...…
 
Have you ever laid in bed with your significant other and just wished you could lay there all day but the cares of the world kept fighting their way into your life? Well, John Donne knows how ya feel and he proposes you do something about it. As a Metaphysical Poet, witty and conceited, he proposes you start to command the sun, rather than the ...…
 
William Wordsworth changed the way we use language. He changed the way we investigate human beings. This is the romantic legacy. The usage of imagination to delve into the inner world of man. As Hugo put it "There is one thing grander than the ocean, that is the sky; there is one thing grander than the sky that is the interior of man's soul." T ...…
 
Opposing his own view in "Go and Catch a Falling Star," Donne explains to us how to be braver than one of the nine worithes (Hector, Alexander the Great, Julius Ceasar, Joshua, David, Judas Maccabeus, King Arthur, Charlemagne, Godfrey of Boullion.) To be greater then these men, in one area at least, we must simply love a woman for her inner vir ...…
 
In this balladic poem, Wordsworth tells the tale of a "solitary thorn," or British Hawthorn Bush, that "marks the spot where a pregnant woman, driven from town and forced to give birth alone on the heath, died from famine, pain and cold and anguish." In typical Wordsworthian fashion, however, he was not at all interested in the tale of the woma ...…
 
On today's episode you'll learn how a 16th century poet delivers a punch line!By Kirk j Barbera.
 
What does contemplation look like and how can we know it when we are doing it? This will be one of the themes to be explored on this episode. On this Sunday Morning Poetry I'll be reading not only the Lines poem but a passage from Wordsworth's The Prelude and a poem from Robert Burns. We will learn much about a pivotal shift in the early Wordsw ...…
 
@jJeff Britting and Kirk Barbera will be peering at a special page of a manuscript from the Ayn Rand's Archives. Jeff was instrumental in the building of the Ayn Rand archives. He worked with Rand's materials for over 25 years. And today we will be exploring her unique writing process and the writing process of many other famous (and some non-f ...…
 
Are women innately fickle? In episode 2 of Metaphysical Mondays we covered the poem The Good Morrow by Donne, where Donne waxes poetical about the eternality of romantic love. This is a very different poem. Here Donne speaks like an anxious teenager after a passionate night with a women he believes he is in love with. On this episode we'll talk ...…
 
Who among the big six Romantic Poets was the greatest of all Romantic artists? To me this is like asking which part of the Pacific Ocean is wettest. However, in this discussion I explain some differences among all 6 and I discuss several advantages that William Wordsworth had over fellow poets like John Keats. Today's poem was based on an incid ...…
 
On this special episode of Troubadour, I sat down in Hollywood with Jeff Britting. Jeff is an accomplished composer (including an Oscar nominated movie), play-wright, historian, author, and producer. He has lived in West Hollywood for the past 30 years. We chatted about Quentin Tarantino's most recent movie Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. We dis ...…
 
Are we truly ALIVE before we fall in love? This is a question John Donne asks his girl one morning while waking up beside her. In this episode I explain the concept of "Metaphysical Conceit," which is often leveled at John Donne, and I also explain more about the differences in worldview between the Romantics and the Metaphysical Poets.…
 
A flaw in all parents, and one not easily rectified, is the inadvertent expectation of cohesion between your child's view of the world and the parents. In this poem by Wordsworth he gives you a hint as to how to identify and even rectify this mistake In the discussion of this poem I also explain an important principle regarding romantic literat ...…
 
Thomas the Rhymer, or True Thomas, was a real person -- Thomas of Ercildoune, who lived probably between 1210 and 1297. Thomas was supposed to have the power to see into the future. This power was given to him by the Fairy Queen, during his 7 year stay in the Fairy World. The story about his meeting with the Fairy Queen was believed by the Scot ...…
 
This short story is what Poe called a 'Tale of Ratiocianation;" one where we look for reasons to solve a mystery. It is also an early science fiction thriller. In previous podcasts I read and discussed Hawthorne and the birth of Sci-fi, now we turn to Edgar Allan Poe. Hawthorne wrote science fiction in a romantic style, with elevated even poeti ...…
 
How does a 17th century poet ask a woman for sex? Join in for episode 1 of Metaphysical Mondays where we explore Donne's most famous poem, The Flea, and we see him do just that. In this new series I'll be exploring a poetic school that preceded the Romantic Movement: The Metaphysical school. This refers to what Samuel Johnson called a "race of ...…
 
How do we treat athletes after they have grown old and infirm? What does it feel like to once have been powerful and then to lose all power and strength? In Wordsworth's Ballad, published in the 1798 Lyrical Ballads, he explores an incident he had with an old, one-eyed man named Christopher Trickey. In his youth Trickey had been a strong huntsm ...…
 
Today I explain why ballads are important for everyone to read. Our ballad today is a traditional one about an old peasant woman who sends her three sons all out to sea, and they all die. Then she curses the sea. The sons return for Martinmas (November 11th). Martinmas was a celebration of St Martin. On this day, the town would get together whi ...…
 
In the spring of 1798 William Wordsworth was going through a reckoning. His work on his elusive life project, The Recluse, was draining him. He had set out to study ALL knowledge up to that point in human history, and use it in an epic poem greater than The Iliad, Aeneid, Paradise Lost and all epics before it. But Wordsworth began to question t ...…
 
At the end of Game of Thrones, Tyrion Lannister tells the council that the stories we tell unite us. Is he correct? In this episode I argue that he is, and I give examples as to how stories we tell unite us as a country and they can unite us in our conception of our deepest values. In this traditional Scottish ballad, a knight comes to a wistfu ...…
 
Why do we cease to teach through the medium of verse? In children we happily sing songs and tell stories to convey moral tales and even astronomy, math, and economics. We know how effective this is in teaching young children ("My Very Evil Mother Just Swatted Uncle's Nose" -- for the planets) and yet why not teach the theory of evolution in met ...…
 
With special Guest Joe Tabor of www.advancethenarrative.com. There are of course spoilers! In this wide-ranging discussion of GoT Joe Tabor and Kirk Barbera discuss the 8 season arc of the show, the arcs of the major characters, and the themes in the show. We also discussed the backlash against the show and why the producers did the right thing ...…
 
A ballad is a song that tells a story. The oldest ballads, some say, are older than the alphabet even, having been composed and sung far, far back in man's history at old tribal dances for which they were the only music. In this series I will be reading a variety of traditional, modern and intellectual ballads. Some of these will be well known ...…
 
It is said that Coleridge's greatest achievement was William Wordsworth. There is some truth to this. But he was also a great poet in his own right. In Lyrical Ballads he and Wordsworth changed English sensibilities (and American) completely. While Wordsworth was the greater poet, Coleridge was the greater philosopher. It is Coleridge's insight ...…
 
Great men can battle many things, jealousy, hate, scorn, dissolute tongues, but what about neglect? Can a great man or woman perservere in the face of utter lifelong neglect? What would Einstein be like in old age, had no one taken his theory of relativity seriously? What about Dostoevsky's novels? Galileo famously was locked in a tower. At lea ...…
 
One element we miss in reading poetry today is context. We often read poems isolated and alone (the poems that is...) They were meant to be read as a totality. Wordsworth and Coleridge carefully selected the poems they would publish and in what order. To fully understand Wordsworth's haunting "Lucy" poems, we must explore them as they were mean ...…
 
Here is a special fourth of July poem. Longfellow, writing during the build-up to the civil war, is encouraging the north to remember that the ship of state is not fully built. It is up to the next generation to fully institute the vision of the founders: This means ending slavery. This is a poem that is primarily analogistic. It is a supremely ...…
 
I recorded this the day after a life altering two lectures by Lisa VanDamme at Objectivist Conference 2019 "Literature and the Quest for Meaning," and "John Keats Life and Poetry." They should be up on youtube soon, I'll get the links. In this Sunday Morning Poetry I compare one of the poems she taught us with a poem by William Wordsworth. Ther ...…
 
This is the 4th of the "Lucy" poems by William Wordsworth. In this one we get another poem about Wordsworth's view of death. Wordsworth kicked off the English Romantic movement. He, like the romantics that proceeded him, was heavily focused on the internal world of humans. As the French Romanticist, Victor Hugo put it, "There is one thing grand ...…
 
Of the 5 Lucy poems this one is the prime example of the Wordsworthian endeavor to trace the associations we make in a state of excitement. Doubtless, there has been a time when you were passionately in love with someone and they you. In the height of your love, while you made your way to your lovers house, you had a moment's terror that they w ...…
 
Sunday Morning Poetry: "I Travelled Among Unknown Men" by William Wordsworth. This is our next "lucy" poem. The lucy poems deal with death and the emotions surrounding death. In this poem, Wordsworth connects his homesick feeling about England to his love for a woman who died. As Wordsworth put it in a letter to a friend "... a great poet out.. ...…
 
Wordsworth was a poet worthy of being uttered in the same breath as Shakespeare. His ballads and sonnets are both simple and profound in a way that even transcends the bard. More, his manner of stirring the imagination of his reader is unprecedented. Our poem today is the first of the FIVE Lucy poems. (note: some people believe there are more t ...…
 
Whether or not you are a lover of fine art, Linda Cordair can help you discover personal pieces that will change your life. Linda is the co-owner of Cordair Fine Art Gallery in Napa Valley, California. https://cordair.com/ The Cordair's have a special showing of over 100 pieces this summer for Objectivist http://ocon.aynrand.org/ We talked abou ...…
 
For those familiar with Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead, imagine for a moment what Roark's childhood might have been like. He talked a great deal about his love of the material world and, equally, his love of his own ability to transform that material as he saw fit. I believe some of Wordsworth's poetry, particularly Nutting, illustrates a similar ...…
 
This year is a very special Objectivist Conference. It's the 50th anniversary of Ayn Rand's The Romantic Manifesto! This work of nonfiction has not had the loud cultural impact of her political and economic work, but I believe it has impacted many artists in very personal ways. More importantly, it has impacted many individuals in helping to br ...…
 
Sunday Morning Poetry: The Fountain by William Wordsworth This is a follow up to the previous poem "The Two April Mornings." Here Wordsworth is exploring character that we tend to spend very little time thinking about. In other words, they are on the edge of our consciousness. How can a young person learn from an old person? It seems paradoxica ...…
 
A #Mothersday challenge! This poem by William Wordsworth, THE MAD MOTHER, is not your typical lovey-dovey mom poem. Rather, it focuses on a woman, whose husband abandoned her and her newborn, as she copes with this new reality and her own apparent insanity. One way art causes serious contemplation in the mind of an active observer is by "the pl ...…
 
In this discussion and reading of the famous piece of romantic poetry, I will explain the importance of metaphors, simile, and analogies; important to the poem and more important in your everyday life. HINT: Thinking requires comparisons.By Kirk j Barbera.
 
A weekly reading and discussion of great poetry. Epigram Engraved on the Collar of a Dog Which I Gave to His Royal Highness ​By Alexander Pope I AM his Highness’ dog at Kew; Pray tell me, Sir, whose dog are you? To A Butterfly William Wordsworth I'VE watched you now a full half-hour; Self-poised upon that yellow flower And, little Butterfly! in ...…
 
If you could have any superpower what would it be? Daniel Sherrier is the author of a comic book novel called The Flying Woman. We chatted about the role of comics in our culture, ancient myths and the purpose of superpowers. The Flying Woman by Daniel Sherrier is available for sale on Amazon, Books-a-million and Indibound.…
 
Let's talk about sex baby! We've got on the show writer/director Stewart Wade Margolis. We talked about his latest movie Say Yes. It's about a woman who plans her husband's romantic life for after she dies...with her bisexual brother. Quite a unique logline. We discussed sexuality and how sexuality is presented in our culture. There are a not a ...…
 
WHO WILL SIT ON THE IRON THRONE? Chris and I had a great conversation about film, art, making movies, the changing medium of media and of course who will sit on the iron throne. Check out this conversation between two film production majors about the art, craft and culture of moviemaking. Follow the making of Chris' movie Death Blood 4 on Insta ...…
 
In the first of a series of conversations I am planning to have in the Bay Area, I had a great chat with a local poet Maryam Khawar. We discussed some of her short poetry, where she is inspired, why art is important in our lives, and how to become GREAT at anything. Here is a very short poem of hers we discussed: How beautiful, was your mind an ...…
 
Marco Romero is a real estate investor in Central Texas. He came on the podcast to talk about fiction books! It is important to read non-fiction books of course, but often as we get busy in our careers we neglect literature. In this conversation Marco and I discussed how to select good fiction books and how reading fiction can make you a better ...…
 
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