What is Poetry?

Evelyn Klein
Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Washburn Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

For those who are wondering what poetry truly is, Evelyn Klein will examine its nature, perspectives, and renditions as they developed over the centuries.  She will answer the question of whether it is rhyme and meter or anything the writer wants to express.  From Aristotle to Carl Jung, from Greek philosophers to modern thinkers, she will shed light on the literary form that has some modern readers mystified.  Brief examples of poetry from Chaucer to Billy Collins will shed light on the discussion. 

At the end of her presentation, she will give opportunity for a brief writing exercise that will inspire both experienced writers and newcomers. After the presentation, an open mike will follow, and attendees are invited to read their own poetry or that of their favorite poet.

Evelyn Klein has a B.S. in Secondary Education and an M.S. in the Teaching of English.  She has taught literature and writing in the public schools, at Century College and, most recently, at the Loft Literary Center.  A prize winning poet, her articles and poetry have been widely published, and she is author of three books of poetry, essays, and illustrations, including Seasons of Desire.  An independent scholar, she is also editor of The Minnesota Scholar.