http://harvard.com/events/press_release.php?id=1943 >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. > >CONTACT: >General Info: >617.661.1515 > >Event Information >DATE: Wednesday, November 28th >TIME: 6:00 PM >LOCATION: Sackler Museum >485 Broadway >Cambridge >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.