The StAnza 2020 Lecture: Mother, Mother Ocean
One micro-aspect of Modernist poetics is a recurring fascination with the sea—the opening of Pound's The Cantos, Eliot's Dry Salvages and Marina are obvious examples—and this has often been seen as an image standing in for consciousness or the unconscious. Modernist women poets were no different—or were they? This talk looks at specific poems by HD, Marianne Moore and others that deal with the sea to explore whether their approach differed in kind from that of their male counterparts. Free-wheeling but detailed, specific but hyper-associative: this talk will be rooted in the text of the poems but you can expect connections to Country music, theories of continental-drift, Marine-biology, and many other things.