Tagged: Ricks

Wainwright sings Sonnet 29

Professor Ricks lectured last week to the students of CC201 on the sonnets of William Shakespeare. Since he did not have time enough in the short span of the lecture period to grant the students a sung performance of any of the poems, here is a popular American singer Rufus Wainwright with his own musical […]

“Shakespeare’s Songs” on May 1st

We are pleased to announce this lecture / recital on “Shakespeare’s Songs”, featuring Christopher Ricks as lecturer; Dana Whiteside, baritone; and James Johnson, piano. The program features songs set to texts by William Shakespeare. Composers include Peter Warlock, Robert Schumann, Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc, Roger Quilter, and Erich Korngold. The event is TOMORROW, Tuesday, May […]

Tonight’s Faust Roundtable

In lieu of the Tuesday lecture lost this week to the Monday substitution schedule, a special roundtable at the BU Castle has been arranged for students of CC202. Prof. Roye Wates, Prof. Peter Schwartz and Prof. Christopher Ricks will be speaking about different aspects of the Faust tradition.  The event will begin at 7 PM, […]

Ricks mentioned in the NYTimes

Although “The Iliad” and Psalms were sung to the lyre, music and poetry are now separate in the minds of most literary arbiters. Yet the critic Christopher Ricks contends that Bob Dylan’s fine, surprising language establishes him as a poet, whatever his medium. Leonard Cohen, accepting the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature in October, […]

Tomorrow, a lunchbox talk with Christopher Ricks

Students and alumni are invited to join a lunchtime discussion tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, October 20th), from 11:30-12:30PM in the School of Theology basement, room B-24. Professor Christopher Ricks of the BU Editorial Institute will be talking about John Donne and Bob Dylan. Professor Ricks has written extensively about English poetry, and in 2005 published a […]

Core poetry reading this week

All members of the Core community are invited to attend “Poetry’s Closer Contact,” a reading of poems across the ages by friends and faculty of the Core Curriculum. The readers in this year’s line-up, as arranged by Prof. Formichelli, are: Zachary Bos Alex Effgen Jennifer Formichelli Daniel Hudon George Kalogeris Marcia Karp Stephanie Nelson Christopher […]

Tonight: Ricks to lecture on Bob Dylan

Sir Christopher Ricks, a long-time lecturer in the Core Curriculum, will be speaking on the poetic accomplishments of Bob Dylan, in his third of four lectures for the Gottlieb Archives this year. His talk, “Love: Just Like a Woman,” will take place this evening, Monday, January 31, at 6 PM in the Richards-Roosevelt Room, Mugar […]

Analects of the Core: Milton on happiness and fear of harm

In a narrow circuit strait’n’d by a Foe, Subtle or violent, we not endu’d Single with like defence, wherever met, How are we happy, still in fear of harm? But harm preceeds not sin: only our Foe Tempting affronts us with his foul esteem Of our integrity Today’s analect — suggested by Sarah Cole (Core […]

Christopher Ricks on Keats, embarrassment, and the separation of poetry and prose

Prof. Christopher Ricks lectured today for the students of CC201, on the subject of the John Milton. He is the author of Milton’s Grand Style (Oxford University Press, 1978). In the spring semester, he often lectures on the English Romantic poets. Students, with their Kerberos password, can access his packet of selected readings here. Today’s […]

Analects of the Core: Milton on perception

The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. – from Paradise Lost by John Milton, Book I, ll. 254-5. Today’s analect was suggested by Tom Farndon (Core ’10, CAS/SMG ’12), who writes: “The Core reminds us that perception is our most powerful tool, endowing […]