When: Tuesday 31 October, 6-8pm
Who: Institute of English Studies
Where: The Chancellor’s Hall, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Wordsworth and Byron fell out in a not very dignified way over politics, and there was heavy collateral damage in their opinion of each other’s poetry. But there was a fundamental intellectual difference, too.
Despite his flirtation with Wordsworthean pantheism at Shelley’s behest in 1816, Byron came to believe that moral and existential value could only be human constructs, whereas Wordsworth of course saw these very constructs as the barrier to an existential value inherent in Nature, the perception of which was the necessary ground of moral behaviour.
Sir Drummond Bone will use this contrast as a way into reading their poetry and spend some time specifically on their differing attitudes to city life and the nature of art.
Professor Sir Drummond Bone graduated from Glasgow University, and was a Snell Exhibitioner at Ballilol from 1968 to 1972. He is an acknowledged expert on the poetry of Byron and is President of the Scottish Byron Society. He became Profossor of English Literature and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Glasgow, Principal of Royal Holloway and Bedford New College in the University of London, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, and President of Universities UK. He has been Master of Balliol since 2011. In Trinity Term 2016, he was appointed a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University.
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