The History of Poetry

Another great series that you should check out! And, it's FREE!


Join The Peabody Institute Library for their five-part lecture series, “History of Poetry,” presented by local poets and professors. This lecture series will be held at the Main Branch Library, starting tonight!

History of Poetry
Peabody Institute Library

82 Main St Peabody, MA 01960
All lectures start at 7 p.m.

•Tuesday, May 1: "EcoPoetry." Jennifer Jean will discuss how the tradition of verse pastorals (or "nature poetry") moved into conservationist poetry, which then moved into the "language" poetry movement taking on the cause of environmentalism.

•Tuesday May 8: "The New Criticism School." Jacquelyn Malone will talk about this movement, especially as it concerns John Crowe Ransom and his students, Robert Penn Warren, Allen Tate, Robert Lowell, Randall Jarrell and Peter Taylor.

•Tuesday May 15: "Confessional Poetry." Claire Keyes will discuss this vividly self-revelatory verse, which emerged in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

•Tuesday May 22: "The New Formalists." Dawn Paul explores this 1980s movement to reinvigorate American poetry through a return to poetic forms such as sonnets, villanelles and sestinas.

•Tuesday May 29: "Modern Poetry." January O’Neil talks about modern poets such as Mary Oliver, Robert Pinsky, Rita Dove, and Billy Collins.

Call 978-531-0100 ext. 10 for more information or to register, or register online.


This story originally ran in Patch.


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