We Should Shudder: A Lecture on Homer
Reading Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Welcome and Introduction-12844
by Bill Keyes
On the otherness of early Greek sensibility; a reading of W.H. Audens' "The Shield of Achilles"-12845
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Auden, W.H. The Shield of Achilles. New York: Random House, 1955.
On the power of objectivity in Homer's poems; a reading of Edwin Muir's "Ballad of Hector in Hades"-12846
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Muir, Edwin. Collected Poems 1921-1951. New York: Grove Press, Inc., 1957.
Question and Answer Session-12847
Series: Spring Reading Series
Sponsor(s): UA Poetry Center, Tucson-Pima Public Library
Location(s): Woods Memorial Public Library
In this lecture on Homer titled "We Should Shudder," Michael Schmidt discusses the distance of early Greek sensibility from our own and the power of impersonal writing in Homer's poems, reflecting upon what modern poets can learn from this approach. He also incorporates readings of poems by W.H. Auden and Edwin Muir.