Clarendon Lecture 4: Messing About in Boats – Solie's 'The World'
31 January 17:30
Exam Schools, High Street, Oxford
Professor Michael Hofmann
Messing About in Boats – Rainer Maria Rilke, Arthur Rimbaud, Eugenio Montale, and Karen Solie
In the 2019 Clarendon Lectures, Professor Michael Hofmann will present close readings of four poems originally written in four different languages (the audience do not need to be proficient in any!), taking the model of a poem as a boat, or a voyage. The lectures aim to restore us to the importance of attending to something outside ourselves, before ourselves, away from ourselves, and to the ideal of cosmopolitanism.