Robert Frost & T.S. Eliot: Spring Poetry Class
This class is now fully enrolled. Please email scoll@politics-prose to be put on the waitlist. Or call 202 349-1195.
$120 ($100 members)
Six Tuesdays: April 17, May 1, 15, 22, 29 and June 5, 1—2:30 p.m.
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This spring we will read two contemporaneous giants of 20th century poetry. Robert Frost is considered the most American poet, though his first successful book was published in England. T.S. Eliot became a British citizen and is memorialized in Westminster Abbey. Frost won an unprecedented four Pulitzer Prizes for poetry and Eliot received the Nobel Prize for his work. These enormously influential poets wrote in completely antithetical styles but they do share an intriguing quality of mind, what has been called Eliot’s coolness and intellectually-based passion and Frost’s refusal to accept the “pathetic fallacy” that defines nature in terms of human experience.
We’ll read classic poems from both writers and spend time discussing why they are considered great. Frost said: “Poetry provides the one permissible way of saying one thing and meaning another.” We’ll look at the deceptive plainness of his work and find the distance below. Of Eliot, Northrop Frye writes: “A thorough knowledge of Eliot is compulsory for anyone interested in contemporary literature. Whether he is liked or disliked is of no importance, but he must be read.” Come join us; no experience necessary, just a love of words and pleasure in the company of others.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Gigi Bradford is chair of the Folger Poetry Board and co-editor of Shakespeare’s Sisters: Women Writers Bridge Five Centuries.