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A.R. Ammons’s Corson’s Inlet: American Optimism at the End of the 20th Century

November 17, 2018
2:30 pm
- 3:45 pm

Dudley H. Davis Center
Image of man walking along a beach at sunset
Please note: This talk is part of our Fall Conference 2018. You must have registered for the conference to attend this event.

Ammons’s poem is about taking a seaside walk. Referring to what he is seeing, Ammons (1926-2001), two-time winner of the National Book Award for Poetry, considers the “opposite” of optimism: violence, destruction, and terror. But he rejects them for an openness to experience that recalls Walden’s last line, “The sun is but a morning star.” Huck Gutman will walk both experienced and new poetry readers through the poem into the sun.

Led by: Huck Gutman, Professor Emeritus of English, University of Vermont

Image: David Sager/Unsplash


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