Instructor: Grover Wagner

Dates: Wednesdays; March 30th to May 4th (no class on April 19th)

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Pilgrim Congregational Church

Course Info: Dylan Thomas is an incomparable poet. His poems, while admittedly difficult on first reading, still call us irresistibly. Thomas believed that poetry was music. In class we will listen to his resonant voice reading his own creations. We’ll study seven poems which contain all the elements at Thomas’ disposal – the surprising juxtapositions, the intricate metaphors, the constant paradoxes, the internal sprung rhythms. We’ll finish with his ten-stanza poem Altarwise by Owl-light. Copies of the poems will be provided: There was a Savior; Death and Entrances; Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed; Over St. John’s Hill; I See the Boys of Summer; Especially When the October Wind; Altarwise by Owl-light.

Class Format: Lecture and discussion

Readings: None.

Glover-WagnerInstructor Bio: Glover Wagner graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, MA and has a bachelors in English Literature from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI and Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York. Reverend Wagner has served Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ since 1979. Wagner worked on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, served on the board of Intermountain Children’s Home, and chaired Interfaith Housing building a 22 unit low-income housing project.

Cost: $75.00 - member; $110.00 - nonmember


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