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UVM Professor Reflects on Influence of Poet William Wordsworth

Image of painting of William WordsworthBrattleboro ~ UVM professor emeritus Huck Gutman will examine the profound influence of English Romantic poet William Wordsworth in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on March 6 at 7:00 p.m. His talk, Wordsworth: Plain and Simple, is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Wordsworth was a strange yet pathbreaking poet who resisted writing poems that preened in being poems. Gutman will discuss how someone so “plain” and “simple” became the most revolutionary, and probably most influential, poet of the past 250 years.

Gutman is Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Vermont, where he taught courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American poetry, and in modern poetry in translation. A former Chair of the English Department, he has twice taught abroad as a Fulbright Fellow. He has written or edited four books, and has been a regular political columnist for major newspapers abroad. He also spent six years in Washington serving as Chief of Staff to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

About First Wednesdays

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Brattleboro are held at Brooks Memorial Library unless otherwise noted. The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public. See the full schedule of Brattleboro First Wednesdays talks.

The statewide underwriters for the First Wednesdays 2018-2019 series are The Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, the Windham Foundation, and the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

“Wordsworth: Plain and Simple” is underwritten by Chroma Technology.

Brooks Memorial Library is sponsored by Against the Grain, Brattleboro Auto Body & Detailing, Brattleboro Food Co-op, Brattleboro Savings & Loan and Park Place Financial Advisors, New ChapterThe Richards Group, and Windham World Affairs Council.

For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802.254.5290 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or , or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

About Vermont Humanities Council

The Vermont Humanities Council seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning. Because Ideas Matter.