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“Scorn not the Sonnet,” Wordsworth writes (in the beginning of a sonnet); “Critic, you have frowned/Mindless of its just honours…”
The Walnut Street Poetry Society was founded in 2004 and is devoted to the reading and study of poetry. This year, we will give the sonnet its just honors, examining its wonderful history in English poetry and beyond, and reading some of its greatest practitioners. From classic authors such as Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth, and Keats, to feminist revisionists such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Edna St. Vincent Millay, to powerful African-American poets such as Claude McKay and Robert Hayden, sonneteers have addressed a wide range of subjects and have reworked the form again and again.
Sessions are moderated by Dr. Norman Finkelstein, poet and professor of English at Xavier University, as well as group members. Join us and see how exciting fourteen lines of rhymed verse can be!
Meets the second Wednesday each month, except June &  July
Annual subscription only: $35 members/$45 nonmembers

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