Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
A lecture and poetry recitation by American/Canadian poet James Arthur, who will speak in practical terms about how and why poets use figurative language. In particular Arthur will describe how poets use metaphor to make an appeal to the reader’s sympathetic imagination, and how metaphor invites readers to not only interpret a poem, but to actually participate in the collaborative creation of the poem’s meaning. Implicit in this line of discussion is the question of how to understand a poem, and also the question of what poetry is for. Throughout his talk Arthur will draw examples from other poets’ work and will also reflect upon the role of metaphor in his own artistic practice, explaining how a poem’s range of implication evolves during the process of composition, often in directions that the poet has not foreseen. Following his lecture on metaphor, Arthur will recite poems from his two collections, Charms Against Lightning (Copper Canyon Press 2012) and The Suicide’s Son (Véhicule Press 2019). Reading to be followed by Q&A.
Alexander Onysko / Werner Delanoy / Carina Rasse (alexander [dot] onysko [at] aau [dot] at)