A Taste of 3 Great Poets: Yeats, Auden, and Eliot

These three poets have roots in Anglo-American poetry of the early 20th century and the often agonizing politics of their time. Some poems reach out to national and international issues, and others reflect the poets’ personal values and concerns. We’ll look at both aspects of their work, not as a comprehensive study but as examples of the scope and intensity of their total output. For Yeats: nature and commitment to one woman, and Irish nationalism. For Auden: his tribute to Yeats and other moral positions. For Eliot: a world of fragmentation and stagnation, but also of intriguing and joyful felines. We hope that this course will whet participants’ appetites for more of this trio’s poetry!

Group Leader: Liz Cabot
Venue: King's Chapel Parish House
Meets on: Monday 1 to 3 PM
Starting: 10/21/2024
Sessions: 6
Class Size: 24
Teaching Style: Seminar
Weekly Preparation: None
Group Leader Biography:

Liz Cabot has led three poetry courses and two courses on Virginia Woolf for Beacon Hill Seminars. She taught literature surveys and composition for many years at local universities, before and after obtaining her Ph.D. from Boston University. Her other long-term occupation has been instructing adults in ESOL ( English Language Learning). She currently leads English conversation classes at the Cambridge Public Library Literacy Center and tutors individuals in our complex but rewarding language. In addition to widespread reading, her hours are absorbed in music, travel, non-profit activism, outdoor recreation, and dabbling in writing her own poems. She’s greatly looking forward to seeing poetry lovers in class again.