The Following Works Are Part of this Bibliography in Progress
"Is Beauty the Making One of Opposites?"
Eli Siegel asks: What is in common in every instance of beauty? -- beauty in art, nature, mind?
From the Preface to Self and World: An Explanation of Aesthetic Realism
Eli Siegel, founder of Aesthetic Realism, describes the basis of the philosophy in the preface to his
"The Star-Spangled Banner" As a Poem
Essay on the history and aesthetics of the American flag, as shown in the United States'
"The Ordinary Doom"
Begins Eli Siegel, "If we judge from history, we are doomed not to show our feelings; not to have them known."
Eli Siegel's Translations of Poems, with Notes
- I Should Love to Be Loved, By Endre Ady
- Anonymous: Roland and the Archbishop: From the Chanson de Roland; The Song of the Potter: Ceylon Folk Poem
- The Laurels Are Cut Down, By Théodore de Banville
- Her Lunch-Tray, By Basho
- The Splash, By Basho
- To the Reader, By Charles Baudelaire
- The Voyage, VIII; By Charles Baudelaire
- Hymn, By Charles Baudelaire
- The Albatross, By Charles Baudelaire
- Mourn This Sparrow, By Gaius Valerius Catullus
- The Poem of Catullus about Attis, By Gaius Valerius Catullus
- The Idea of Beauty Is Adored in This World, By Joachim Du Bellay
- The Cydnus, By José Maria de Heredia
- Towards Homer: Free Verse, Beginning with the First Lines of Pope's
Translation of the Odyssey, By Homer
The Expiation, By Victor Hugo
- The Milkmaid and the Pot of Milk, By Jean de La Fontaine
- The Oak and the Reed, By Jean de La Fontaine
- The Wolf and the Lamb, By Jean de La Fontaine
- A Strong City Is Our God, By Martin Luther
- Two Stanzas from French Literature about Death: In Stances à Du Perrier,
By François de Malherbe
Carry Me Away, By Henri Michaux
- The Fall of the Leaves, By Charles Hubert Millevoye
- Duval Is on the Run: The People Are on the March, By José María Quiroga Pla
- The Voice, By Henri de Régnier
- Happiness, By Arthur Rimbaud
- At Thermopylae, By Simonides of Ceos
- Art Poétique, By Paul Verlaine
- Autumn Song, By Paul Verlaine
- Some Lines from Voltaire's Poem on the Disaster at Lisbon, By François
Marie Arouet de Voltaire
Lectures serialized in The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known
There Are Two Freedoms in The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known, no. 1674-1680. Writes Ellen Reiss in her Editor's Commentary:
"With this issue we begin to serialize There Are Two Freedoms, the lecture Eli Siegel gave on June 5, 1970. It is about one of the most beautiful and important words in the world: freedom. And yet, as Mr. Siegel shows, people have used the word freedom as a cover for some of the ugliest and most vicious activities....Economics now ha[s] to be based on true freedom, the freedom of good will: the seeing how self-expression, individual creativity, real self-glory are the same as justice to other people and things." Begin reading these issues of The Right Of here.
(4)The Ethics of Freedom
• Lecture, Part 4: "No Freedom without Good Will"
(5) Freedom & Confusion: Historic & Everyday
• Lecture, Part 5: "Why We Misjudge"
(6) Freedom That Is Justice Too
• Lecture, Part 6: "Free Expression & Accuracy"
(7) How Should We Think about People?
• Lecture, Part 7: "Literature & Poverty"
Poetry and Women in The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known, no. 1525-1529. Writes Ellen Reiss in the Editor's Commentary:
"We begin to serialize the historic lecture Poetry and Women, which Eli Siegel gave in 1949. So much in women’s lives has changed since then. Women now do just about everything men do. Yet though it is expected that girls play soccer, and female doctors and lawyers abound, and no one is surprised to see a woman wield a hammer, there is still a difference between woman and man. The question What is a woman? remains." Includes discussions of 16th-century poet Louise Labé, 17th-century Mary Chudleigh, Caroline Norton (1808-77), Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Virginia Woolf. Begin this serialized Aesthetic Realism lecture here.
Selves Are in Economics in The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known, no. 1511-1521.
Writes Ellen Reiss in her Editor's Commentary:
"Eli Siegel saw what other economists have not: the chief matter in economics is the human self in its fulness, the self of every person. Economics is connected to the same self in each of us that hopes, loves, is bewildered, wants to understand who we are..." Begin this serialized Aesthetic Realism lecture here.
Educational Method Is Poetic in The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known, no. 1448-1457. Writes Eli Siegel:
"I’ve called this talk 'Educational Method Is Poetic.' I use the word poetic carefully, and persons listening should judge whether that is a flamboyant title or is essentially true. The material for such a talk, of course, is all over the world...." Begin this serialized Aesthetic Realism lecture here.
Writes Ellen Reiss in her Editor's Commentary
Ownership, Strikes, Unions...is one of the "Goodbye Profit System" lectures--in which Mr. Siegel described, documented, and explained something enormous taking place in world economics and within people....By the spring of 1970...the profit system, a way of using human beings that had always been ugly, was now irrevocably crippled....And even more than in the1970s, there is an anger across America [now]...a fury in people about the way they are seen on the job: contemptuously, in terms of...profit. Begin this serialized Aesthetic Realism lecture here.
Poetry and Keenness in The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known, no. 1314-1323
Writes Eli Siegel
:"Keenness is in poetry because it is one of the big things in life. A person has a cheek; a person has fingernails. There are points in our body, and wide surfaces and smooth surfaces. Keenness is the world coming to a point, the world being sharp. In keenness, aesthetically speaking, there are four things: cuttingness; piercingness; neatness; and depth. And keenness is a sign that there is an interior, a dimension." Begin this serialized Aesthetic Realism lecture here.
Writes Eli Siegel: "I found that the depths of Aesthetic Realism could be shown in a rather new way through music. And strangely enough, the most modern things in music, the most difficult things, are the most useful there. The fight between structure and emotion, between emotion and music almost as solid geometry, does go on. And there are terms that concern conscience—the earlier term polyphony, the new one polytonality, also atonality. And I hope to show that looking at these things is a way of seeing conscience too."Begin this serialized Aesthetic Realism lecture here
From the editor's commentary by Ellen Reiss
: "Mr. Siegel wrote and lectured much on history. His scholarship in the field was immense. And--whether he was speaking about Wat Tyler or John Adams, the French Revolution or the Spanish Civil War--the events and the feelings of the time became real
to those who heard him, as close to you as the very clothes you were wearing...[and] you had a sense always (it's in the lecture we're serializing) of largeness--you felt the bigness of reality...."Begin this serialized Aesthetic Realism lecture here.
Scribner's Magazine Book Reviews
by Eli Siegel from 1931 to 1934 (Selected)
New York Evening Post Literary Review
"Hardy's Four Lines Called Best in Poetry Anthology" by Eli Siegel, November 28, 1925
About Eli Siegel
Poet, critic, philosopher and educator Eli Siegel (1902-1978) grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1925 his poem "Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana" won the Nation Poetry Prize.
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