Tuesday, February 9, 2010

History of English Lit in Six Sonnets (Feb 23)

The History of English Literature in Six Sonnets
Tues, Feb 23, 6:30-9:00 pm
Madison Public Library, Central Branch, 201 W. Mifflin

The sonnet is one of the most compact of literary forms, and for this event six English professors from UW-Madison will rely on its brevity to unfold a sweeping story of English literature. Michael Witmore, Theresa Kelley, Caroline Levine, Cyrena Pondrom, Lynn Keller, and Amaud Johnson will each present one sonnet­--a form short enough for the audience to read and digest on the spot­--and lead a discussion of its literary language and context. The conversation will move from Shakespeare to Marilyn Hacker by way of John Clare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and W. H. Auden, and it will showcase the work of one of Madison's most exciting poets. The event is part of UW-Madison's celebration of the Year of the Humanities. It is open to the public and free of charge. For questions, please email: clevine@wisc.edu

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