Yvor Winters: February 14, 1958

The Poetry Center presents Yvor Winters reading from his poetry.

Originally Recorded By:
The Poetry Center
Location:
San Francisco
Date:
02/14/1958
Total Run Time:
00:52:30
Contributor:
Ruth Witt-Diamant
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  • Ruth Witt-Diamant introduces Winters (00:08)
  • Yvor Winters' opening remarks concerning his poems, "written approximately 1928 to 1954" (01:30)
  • "To William Dinsmore Briggs Conducting a Seminar" (2:38)
  • "The Fable" (4:07)
  • "The Slow Pacific Swell" (5:15)
  • "The Journey, Snake River Country" (8:46)
  • "Before Disaster, Winter 1932-3" (12:27)
  • Winters explains his source of the myth of Heracles as a sun god, with his labors resembling the symbols of the zodiac (13:50)
  • "Heracles" (14:40)
  • Introduction to the second and third from a set of three poems on the theme of Theseus (18:08)
  • "Theseus and Ariadne" (18:26)
  • "The Old Age of Theseus" (21:07)
  • "John Sutter" (24:12)
  • Introduction to "The California Oaks" with its source in early Chinese exploration of Western North America (27:04)
  • "The California Oaks" (28:47)
  • Sound cuts out (31:53)
  • "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" (31:58)
  • "Time and the Garden" (34:16)
  • "On a Portrait of a Scholar of the Italian Renaissance" (37:33)
  • "Summer Noon, 1941" (38:45)
  • "To a Military Rifle, 1942" (40:02)
  • "Defense of Empire" (42:00)
  • "Night of Battle, Europe, 1944, As Regarded from a Great Distance" (43:16)
  • "An Ode on the Despoilers of Learning in an American University, 1947" (44:08)
  • "To the Holy Spirit, from a Deserted Graveyard in the Salinas Valley" (46:02)
  • "A Fragment" (48:48)
  • "To the Moon" (49:16)
  • "The San Francisco Airport, 1954" (50:14)

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