While the spirit of lyric utterance continues, seemingly limitlessly adaptable to its surroundings, its cry testifies not only to the profundity of human longing but the devastating condition and urgent needs of our culture.
This fall we examine the worldwide variety of lyric, guided by Louise Cowan’s understanding of lyric. Beginning with some of the “touchstones” of English and African-American lyric, we will then venture into the lyric tradition of Irish, French, and Latin American literature. Our readings will be a selected set of poems, with essays and excerpts from Louise Cowan and several other theorists of poetry.
Submissions from 2021
Meeting 1: Introduction and English Lyric, Bainard Cowan
Meeting 1: Selected Poems, Bainard Cowan
Seminar Announcement, Bainard Cowan
Meeting 2: Latin American Lyric, Jose Espericueta
Meeting 2: Selected Poems, Jose Espericueta
Meeting 3: Latin American Concrete Poetry, Janet Hendrickson
Submissions from 1992
The Lyric Imagination (Excerpt), Louise Cowan