10-Minute Talks podcast
The world’s leading professors explain the latest thinking in the humanities and social sciences in just 10 minutes.
Poetry As Experience
Professor Derek Attridge FBA
In this talk, Derek Attridge addresses the question: "What is a poem's mode of existence?" Using a poem by William Wordsworth as an example, he argues that poems are not fixed lines of words but human experiences of language and the power of language.
In partnership with the Imagine! Belfast Festival 2021
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