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How to Read a Poem: III. Sympathy

November 9, 2023 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm GMT

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Henry Oliver is a literature blogger at The Common ReaderThis salon will guide through some of the great English language poems and show you how to understand their nuances and niceties.

The final session is about sympathy in poetry, focusing on observation.

We will do a close reading of ‘Filling Station‘ by Elizabeth Bishop, looking at questions like:

  • Why does she talk so much about dirt and filth?
  • Is Bishop, as she claimed, lacking in philosophy?
  • How does she draw us into the sympathy she comes to feel for the family?
  • How has she arranged her observations to make the poem work?

We will also discuss:

  1. Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg
  2. Sympathy by Paul Dunbar
  3. Terence Hayes



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November 9, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm GMT
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