Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Small Eternity

If you haven’t already, we recommend you check out the current exhibition at The John Rylands Library on Deansgate - A Small Eternity: The Shape of the Sonnet Through Time. Using sumptuously illuminated books, rare and early printed editions, unique literary manuscripts and writers' letters, the exhibition traces some of the stories told by the sonnet and explores why poets have felt compelled to write them. It contains examples of the work of a diverse range of sonneteers from Petrarch to Vikram Seth, and Wilfred Owen to Lorna Goodison - plus visitors are invited to pen their own sonnet and add it to the display!

There is an additional incentive for visiting when the distinguished critic and scholar Professor Stephen Burt will be giving a lecture on Thursday 26th March at 6.00pm in the Reading Room of the Rylands entitled "Sonnets Past and Present". Professor Michael Schmdit OBE, FRSL, will be introducing him and chairing a Q&A session afterwards. This is a free event and there is no need to book.

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