Modern American Poetry Study Day Pt.2 – Ancients and Moderns in Ely

Sunday 9th April 2017

  • Venue The Bookshop, 9 High Street, Ely, CB7 4LJ
  • Doors open 10.45am
  • Start time 11am

This session of the second part of Robert’s Modern American Poetry study series has sold out. There are places still available for an alternative session of the second part on Sunday 23rd April; you can book for this session here.

Following his first sell-out session, Robert Jones continues his three part introduction to modern American Poetry by looking at the complex, varied and energetic poetic scene that flourished in the United States from the 1930s to the 1950s. During this period many exciting individual talents emerged, including John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, Ed Dorn, Robert Duncan, Robert Lowell, Charles Olson, George Oppen, Theodore Roethke, Anne Sexton and Louis Zukovsky – some of them committed to extending the modernist revolution of the previous generation, others to reclaiming a more conservative aesthetic. Covering a huge range of writing, from the comic to the ┬átragic, the epic to the intimate, and blending discussion of individual texts with lively biographical anecdote, ┬áthis second session looks at the conflicting aims and styles of such self proclaimed movements as The Objectivists and Fugitives, as well as the explosion of “confessional” verse and the bold poetic experiments associated with Black Mountain.

The day will finish at 4.30pm.