These thoughts arise from teaching involving poetry in a humanities selective in the 3rd year of the MBChB degree here at Otago. I start with a review of various attempts to credit poems with usefulness, a view I’ve argued against, and say why I’m not inclined to change my mind. But then, I look at the recent teaching I did, and ask what emerged from that.
I agree, first, that poets do make truth claims (including about truth itself); but I also found myself drawn into the way in which one poem may echo another – a conversation among texts which opens them up to reinterpretation. For example, I consider a possible conversation between TS Eliot’s The Journey of the Magi and Hone Tuwhare’s Heemi. What does this tell us about poetry and its role in medical education?
Speaker: Neil Pickering
|Date||Monday, 4 September 2017|
|Time||1:00pm - 2:00pm|
|Event Category||Health Sciences|
|Location||Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street). Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington.|
|Contact Name||Bioethics Centre|
|Contact Phone||64 3 471 6120|