UA Poetry Center, Tucson-Pima Public Library
Woods Memorial Public Library
We Should Shudder: A Lecture on Homer
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.
Welcome and Introduction
by Bill Keyes
On the otherness of early Greek sensibility; a reading of W.H. Audens' "The Shield of Achilles"
Recording displays some distortion from 0:21-0:24.
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"
Recording displays some distortion from 08:53-11:00.
Muir, Edwin. Collected Poems 1921-1951. New York: Grove Press, Inc., 1957.
Question and Answer Session