F213. Bob Dylan and the Very Words, a Lecture and Conversation with Christopher Ricks, Sponsored by the Poetry Foundation

Ballroom E, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Friday, February 28, 2014
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


"I am a poet first and a musician second," Bob Dylan once said. Christopher Ricks, among our most eminent scholars, is an ardent Dylan fan and gifted reader of his lyrics, as shown in his bestselling study, Dylan’s Visions of Sin. An absorbing lecturer, Ricks illuminates Dylan’s work—still new, tender, quick—and demonstrate that poetry, criticism, and pop culture have much to share. A conversation with another avid Dylan fan and scholar, Poetry Foundation President Robert Polito, follows.



Robert Polito is the author of Hollywood & God; A Reader's Guide to James Merrill's The Changing Light at Sandover; and Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson. Formerly the founding director of the Graduate Writing Program at the New School, he is the President of the Poetry Foundation.

Christopher Ricks teaches at Boston University, having previously taught at Oxford (Professor of Poetry, 2004-2009), Bristol, and Cambridge. He is the author of Dylan’s Visions of Sin and editor of Tennyson, Henry James, T.S. Eliot, and The Oxford Book of English Verse. He has authored books on Milton, Tennyson, Keats, Beckett, Eliot, and others. A two-volume critical edition of the poems of Eliot, which he co-edited with Jim McCue, is forthcoming.


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