Center for the Arts Welcomes Former U.S. Poet Laureate

Posted: April 16, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

All the World for Love is a unique collaboration of music and spoken word by the Takàcs Quartet and Robert Pinsky, U.S. Poet Laureate from 1997 to 2000. As part of a major U.S. tour, the Quartet and Pinsky appear at the Center for the Arts tomorrow at 8 p.m. This event has been rescheduled from its original October 2001 date, and the program has been revised slightly. An artistic discussion precedes the program at 7:15 p.m. on the Concert Hall’s Grand Tier.

Pinsky is poetry editor of the online journal Slate and a contributor to the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS Television. He also teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University. Pinsky’s “Favorite Poem Project,” in which he asked Americans to read their favorite poems, resulted in more than 12,000 participants.

Centered on themes of love, the program unites the poetry of John Donne, William Carlos Williams, Emily Dickinson, Virgil, Yeats, and Robert Frost. Incorporating the music of Janácek, Barber and Britten, All the World for Love focuses on love, showing a progression of mood from the turmoil of unrequited love through consummation and fulfillment to loss, resignation and serenity.

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