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How to Read a Poem: II. Sonnets
October 5, 2023 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm BST
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Henry Oliver is a literature blogger at The Common Reader. This salon will guide through some of the great English language poems and show you how to understand their nuances and niceties.
The second session is about sonnets, focusing on influence.
We will compare several sonnets to see how their structure and conventions allow writers from different centuries to interrogate timeless themes. We will do a close reading of ‘Those Winter Sundays‘ by Robert Hayden, and then compare an Elizabethan sonnet with a Romantic poem, to see how one writer borrows from and amends another.
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