On Friday April 3, Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea kicked off the Poets and Their Craft Lecture Series at Norwich Bookstore in Norwich Vermont. With a selection of poems to illustrate his points, Lea shared how narrative values – plot, character, and setting – don’t “dumb down” a poem, but help us penetrate it in order to get to its complexities. These narrative values invite the reader into the poem, giving the reader a place to start. Lea used a diverse set of poems by Will Eaves, James Wright, Fleda Brown, Wesley McNair, and Robert Frost to illustrate narrative’s role in poetry. With the help of Frost’s poem, “Provide, Provide” we saw how even just a few lines with narrative values can open the poem to testimony and rhetoric.
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