Thursday April 25, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Vermont State Poet Laureate Sydney Lea will look at the lives and work of poets Robert Frost and William Wordsworth in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., on Wednesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. His talk, "Frost and Wordsworth: Romantic Poetry in the Light of Common Day," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series.

The poetry of Robert Frost (1874-1963) and William Wordsworth (1770-1850) depends heavily on the natural world and the "language really used by men." Lea will explore the poets’ similarities, differences and influence on other poets.

Lea is Poet Laureate of Vermont. His most recent collection of poems is "Six Sundays Toward a Seventh: Selected Spiritual Poems." He has taught at Dartmouth College, Yale University, Wesleyan University and Middlebury College. He founded the New England Review in 1977 and edited it until 1989. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and Virginia Quarterly Review, and other publications. He lives in Newbury.

All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays. The 2012-2013 First Wednesdays series in Brattleboro is sponsored by Crosby-Gannett Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. Brooks Memorial Library is sponsored by Brattleboro Savings and Loan, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, Friends of Brooks Memorial Library, New Chapter, Inc., The Vermont Country Store and Windham World Affairs Council of Vermont.

For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802-254-5290 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802-262-2626 or info@vermonthumanities.org, or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

The Vermont Humanities Council is a private nonprofit working to bring the power and the pleasure of the humanities to all Vermonters. The council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs and continues to learn throughout life.