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Poetry appreciation

LEWES, EAST SUSSEX: World Poets - Walt Whitman

Date: Thursday 19 October, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
Price: £12.50
Venue address:
The Lewes Arms, 1 Mount Place, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1YH

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‘When Lilacs Last In The Dooryard Bloom’ is one of the most memorable titles in all poetry, and it helps to remind us how early Whitman was. Born in 1819, he wrote this deeply moving work in a double aftermath: within days of both President Lincoln’s assassination in 1865 and the end of the American Civil War. The poem appeared in the 1865 edition of Whitman’s masterpiece collection, Leaves of Grass.

With that book, Whitman had revolutionised what American poetry could say (poets could sing about what they felt it was like to be alive as never before), how it could look on the page (long-limbed, rhapsodic and free), and how it could sound in the reading ear - orchestral, psalmic and incantatory. Many poets since, on both sides of the Atlantic, and several composers too, Vaughan Williams and Delius first among them, have found new solace for the spirit in this great voice.


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