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18:00 - 19:00 18 October 2012
The Northcliffe Lectures in Literature 2012 Distances – How is it far if you think of it?
Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre |
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
Admission: Free of charge
Professor Michael Wood, Princeton University
Each lecture in the series of three Distances lectures is self-contained, not requiring knowledge of the others, but the three are linked by a continuing question: the relationship of literature to history at moments and in texts where that relationship has been seen to be in crisis.
The first lecture in the Distances series, ‘How is it far if you think of it?’, will attend closely to the work of Ezra Pound and Geoffrey Hill as instances of very different claims about poetry and history. For Pound history is fully available to the poet, an unlocked treasure, even if his own use of the treasure is erratic. For Hill history is ‘distant, difficult’, as he says of God in one of his poems, even when it seems close, immediate, unavoidable.
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