Passwords: K. Silem Mohammad on Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth

Poet K. Silem Mohammad discusses Coleridge and Wordsworth’s collaboration, Lyrical Ballads, in the context of each poet’s development.

Passwords: Haruo Shirane on Basho and Haiku

Distinguished scholar Haruo Shirane, author of Traces of Dreams: Landscape, Cultural Memory, and the Poetry of Basho, discusses the poetry of Matsuo Basho, the master of the haiku form, and other Edo period poets.

A Reading by Bei Dao with Forrest Gander, Eliot Weinberger & C.D. Wright

This bilingual reading and discussion features leading Chinese poet Bei Dao, his English-language translator Eliot Weinberger and American poets Forrest Gander and C.D. Wright.

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Passwords: Linda Gregerson on Edmund Spenser and John Milton

Poet and scholar Linda Gregerson discusses the role of temporality in the work of Elizabethan poet Edmund Spenser, author of The Faerie Queen, and 17th century poet John Milton, author of Paradise Lost.

Passwords: Molly Peacock on John Donne and George Herbert

Poet Molly Peacock explores the metaphysical tradition of the 17th century with a lively and personal examination of how English mystics John Donne and George Herbert blended the sacred and the profane.

Passwords: James Shapiro on William Shakespeare

Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro, author of Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?, discusses the bard’s poems, with a special focus on the late sonnets.

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