'Theory of the Lyric' book talk by Jonathan Culler

Posted on August 22, 2018

Lyric poems have a strange way of addressing time, winds, trees, or the dead. What does this tell us about the ambitions of lyric poetry and how we should approach it? In a Chats in the Stacks book talk at Olin Library, Jonathan Culler, Class of 1916 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, discusses his book Theory of the Lyric published by Harvard University Press in June 2015. He examines ancient as well as modern poems and explores the Western lyric tradition.