M.H. Abrams, a leading authority on 18th- and 19th- century literature, literary criticism and European Romanticism, reintroduced his audience to the pleasures of poetry, Nov. 18 in Goldwin Smith Hall. He discussed the four dimensions of six poems by poets ranging from Emily Dickinson to A.R. Ammons, a late Cornell professor.
Abrams, who has been a Cornell professor for 65 years, was the founding editor of "The Norton Anthology of English Literature" and general editor for 40 years. His many publications include "The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition" (1953), ranked 25th on the Modern Library's list of "The 100 Best Nonfiction Books Written in English during the 20th Century."