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Some Melodious Sonnet, Part II: The Devotional Tradition in Modern English Poetry

This six-week class will continue the examination of the devotional tradition in English poetry begun two years ago. (This course stands alone and you do not need to have taken the earlier course.) The earlier course focused largely on the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, with a look at contemporary work in the tradition. The current course will focus on poetry from the World War II period forward to the present day. Students will  read closely the selected poems of Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, Dylan Thomas, Jane Kenyon, Mark Jarman, Thomas Merton, Julia Kasdorf, Franz Wright, and Marge Piercy. How is the devotional tradition reflected in the work of contemporary poets, and how does modern culture change it?

Instructor Bio:

Charles Chadwick has taught previous OLLI courses on King Lear, Othello, Wendell Berry, and an earlier course, Some Melodious Sonnet, Part I, on the devotional tradition in English poetry. He has a BA and an MA in literature, and taught adult education courses in literature extensively in Northern Virginia prior to his retirement and move to Charlottesville. In his career, he was active both as a corporate ethicist and as an executive in US government contracting. He served as a Fellow of the Ethics Research Center, president of the National Contract Management Association, and chair of the Council of Defense and Space Industries Associations. But he confesses that literature always has been his first love.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A22 Charles Chadwick Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Apr 5 We 9:30-11:00 a.m. Homewood Suites A

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