Master Class

Rhina P. Espaillat

This workshop will focus on a group of devotional poems by some of my favorite poets—some from English, and some from Spanish and Portuguese but in my English translations. I will choose from among the works of the Spaniards St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, and Miguel de Unamuno; the Mexicans Miguel de Guevara and Sor Juana Ines de La Cruz; the Portuguese Antero de Quental; the British George Herbert and John Donne; and the American Edward Taylor, Anthony Hecht, and Richard Wilbur. We'll examine the devices and imagery used by the poets we read, and workshop participants will attempt poetic responses of their own to religious themes, employing those devices.

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Sponsored by the Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm and the Hyla Brook Poets