Sacramento Public Library’s Notable Books gives the Sacramento community a monthly opportunity to discuss classic works of literature with local professors in a friendly, casual manner — without the exams.
All events held at Central Library.
Join us for two talks by Shakespeare expert Dr. Sheree Meyer of Sacramento State University. We'll track the evolution of the sonnet--made famous by Shakespeare--from its infancy as a new poetic form in England, to its use today beyond the British Isles.
Englishing the Sonnet—from Petrarch to Shakespeare
March 19, Sunday - 3 p.m.
16th Century England saw the rise of a deliberate effort to create a genuinely English poetry from the grand national epic to the fourteen-line sonnet. In this session, we will trace the development of the sonnet from Petrarch to Shakespeare.
Not Just Your Traditional Love Poem: The Sonnet After Shakespeare
April 23, Sunday - 3 p.m.
From the 17th century to the present, in England and America, the sonnet has been born and reborn as its little form stretched to address a variety of issues, including poetry itself. As Wordsworth wrote, “In sundry moods, ‘twas pastime to be bound/Within the Sonnet’s scanty ground.”
Upcoming Notable Books
JANE AUSTEN'S PERSUASION
and June 18, 2017
Presented by Jonas Cope
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE'S “THE RHYME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER”
July 16, 2017
Presented by Luc Agosta
POETRY OF WALT WHITMAN
and September 17, 2017
Presented by Nancy Sweet