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Warren Wilson College poetry lecture -- free to the public

Anyone planning to attend the MAURICE MANNING lecture this morning? Here's the lecture description from Warren Wilson College:

In 1771, Henry Mackenzie, a Scotsman, published a short satiric novel called The Man of Feeling. Literary historians tell us this novel—driven by the political philosophies of fellow Scots like Adam Smith and David Hume—helped to establish sympathy as a social virtue. Sympathy means “to suffer together”; more simply, I think it can also mean “to share feeling,” certainly one of the things we create as poets and seek as readers. In this lecture, I’d like to parse out an agreeable understanding of sympathy, briefly trace its history as a kind of ethical aesthetic in poetry, and discuss its continuing significance. I’d also like to demonstrate how English language syntax necessarily places phrases and clauses in sympathetic relation to each other. Finally, I think the poetic line itself is a sympathetic locale; such a proposition will turn the discussion to poetic devices such as tone, diction, alliteration, meter, and our old friend, metaphor. In a handout I’ll provide an example of a very bad poem, a poem from Robert Burns, one from Coleridge, and a couple of contemporary gems.
The lecture will be held in the Fellowship Hall, behind the Chapel, at 11:15 this morning. Hope to see you there.

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