Professor’s Corner: a Discussion Group Devoted to Literary Texts
- Date: 06/11/2014 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
- Location: South Branch Library
3228 Teasley Ln.
Denton, Texas 76210
6/11 “Mourning and Melancholy in Two Poems by Thomas Gray”-Dr. Ashley Bender (TWU)
South Branch Library 7 p.m.
Session: “Mourning and Melancholy in Two Poems by Thomas Gray.” Thomas Gray’s contribution to English letters might be considered inversely proportional to his poetic output. Although the poet published only a handful of poems (13-14) during his lifetime, his “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” and “Sonnet on the Death of Mr. Richard West” are widely anthologized. Perhaps more significantly, they offer readers a glimpse of the changing nature of English poetry in the middle of the eighteenth century, serving as a bridge of sorts between the Augustans who preceded him and the Romantics who followed. In this session of Professor’s Corner, we will examine these two elegies, paying special attention to the function of mourning and melancholy. What do mourning and melancholy in these poems reveal about the state of English poetry? What do they reveal about our author?
Bio: Dr. Bender is an adjunct instructor at Texas Woman’s University. She earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of North Texas. Although she specializes in Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature, especially drama, her scholarly interests range from Renaissance and early seventeenth-century drama to (some) Romantic poetry of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Dr. Bender has presented at Professor’s Corner previously.