>Harvard Book Store Presents...
>Wednesday, November 28th
>HELEN VENDLER examines
>Our Secret Discipline: Yeats and Lyric Form
>Harvard Book Store and the Humanities Center at Harvard University
>are honored to host HELEN VENDLER, whose new study takes a
>comprehensive look at Yeats and the lyric form itself.
>The fundamental difference between rhetoric and poetry, according to
>Yeats, is that rhetoric is the expression of one's quarrels with
>others while poetry is the expression (and sometimes the resolution)
>of one's quarrel with oneself. This is where VENDLER's Our Secret
>Discipline begins. Through exquisite attention to outer and inner
>forms, Vendler explores the most inventive reaches of the poet's
>mind. This book is a space-clearing gesture, an attempt to write
>about lyric forms in Yeats in unprecedented and comprehensive ways.
>The secret discipline of the poet is his vigilant attention to
>forms-whether generic, structural, or metrical. Yeats explores the
>potential of such forms to give shape and local habitation to
>volatile thoughts and feelings.
>VENDLER remains focused on questions of singular importance: Why did
>Yeats cast his poems into the widely differing forms they ultimately
>took? Can we understand Yeats's poetry better if we pay attention to
>inner and outer lyric form? Chapters of the book take up many
>Yeatsian ventures, such as the sonnet, the lyric sequence, paired
>poems, blank verse, and others. With elegance and precision, Vendler
>offers brilliant insights into the creative process and speculates
>on Yeats's aims as he writes and rewrites some of the most famous
>poems in modern literature.
>DATE: Wednesday, November 28th
>TIME: 6:00 PM
>LOCATION: Sackler Museum
>TICKETS: This event is free; no tickets are required
>Helen Vendler is A. Kingsley Porter University Professor of English
>at Harvard University. Her most recent books include Poets Thinking:
>Pope, Whitman, Dickinson, Yeats; Coming of Age As a Poet: Milton,
>Keats, Eliot, Plath; and Seamus Heaney. Her reviews of contemporary
>poetry and criticism have appeared in the New York Review of Books,
>the New Yorker, the New Republic, and other publications.