Two of the greatest poets of the modern era, Frost and Williams could hardly be more different. Frost wrote pastoral poems in traditional forms set in New England; Williams wrote experimental free verse about urban life in New Jersey and New York. Frost was a farmer, Williams a doctor. But both were innovators, and few poets have done more to reshape American poetry than they did. In this Delve seminar, we’ll read and discuss a broad range of poems by both poets, as well as selected prose works, and explore the many ways their poetry still speaks to us today.
Guide: John Brehm is the author of two books of poems, Help Is On the Way and Sea of Faith, both from the University of Wisconsin Press, and the associate editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. A past recipient of an Oregon Literary Fellowship from Literary Arts, he has an MFA from Cornell University and has taught at Cornell, Emerson College, and Portland State University.