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	Image: Gustave Doré Depiction of Satan, from John Milton’s Paradise Lost c1866 (detail)

Coffee lectures: The great poets

With Professor Barry Spurr

Who are the great poets who have written in English? How and by whom is greatness measured in poetry? Have assessments of greatness changed over the centuries, and why? What do we look for, in poetry – thematically and technically – to gauge its greatness and enduring quality?

Professor Barry Spurr considers four poets customarily regarded as canonical in English literature: John Donne and John Milton from the 17th century and WB Yeats and TS Eliot from the 20th century. In each lecture, the biographical, cultural and historical contexts of each poet will be considered, followed by close readings of selections from their poetry to determine, in each case, the essence of the poet’s greatness.

10am Coffee, Domain Theatre foyer
10.30am Talk, Domain Theatre

Image: Gustave Doré Depiction of Satan, from John Milton’s Paradise Lost c1866 (detail)

Saturdays 1-15 February, 1 March 2014, 10am

Single lecture:
$25 member
$30 non-member
$20 student with ID card

Full series:
$80 member
$100 non-member

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878


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Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Domain Theatre

John Donne



Saturday 1 February 2014 10am – 11:30am

John Milton



Saturday 8 February 2014 10am – 11:30am

WB Yeats



Saturday 15 February 2014 10am – 11:30am

TS Eliot



Saturday 1 March 2014 10am – 11:30am