Poetry Seminars with Judson Scruton: Robert Penn Warren

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Wilton Library
Rimer Room

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Poetry is a “way of getting your reality shaped a little better.” - R.P.W.

Please join us for a seminar series in which Judson Scruton takes us through a selection of remarkable poems by Robert Penn Warren from his seminal book Understanding Poetry.

Robert Penn Warren was a major force in American literature during the 20th century, winning major awards in poetry, drama, fiction and criticism.  He is the only writer to win Pulitzer Prizes in both poetry (twice) and fiction (All The Kings Men). His text Understanding Poetry (written in collaboration with his colleague Cleanth Brooks) went through four editions and became a major influence in establishing what became known as “The New Criticism”: the close reading and analysis of a literary text as an object in itself.  

We will use the lens provided by Understanding Poetry to discuss Warren’s poetry, which combines close observations of nature and reflections on human action. The Poetry Foundation states that Warren “…did not deny that man is an integral part of nature … what he celebrated in his poetry was the trait that sets man apart from nature - namely, his ability (and desire) to seek knowledge in his quest to make sense out of life.”

Advance registration is required. Register online or call 203-762-6334.  There is no charge for this program.  By registering for the first session you will automatically be registered for all four sessions. This lecture series is made possible with the support of the Literary Series in Memory of Amy Quigley.  Please email Andrea Sato with any questions at asato@wiltonlibrary.org.  

Judson Scruton M.A. (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry) has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. In his career as an educator Judson has also directed publications, communications, public relations, and development at a variety of educational institutions in the U.S. and U.K. including the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Event Type(s): Literature Program
Age Group(s): Adults

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