Kyrie, Ellen Bryant Voigt

Michael Thurston, associate professor of English language and literature

Kyrie explores the 1919 Spanish influenza epidemic through the eyes and voices of several residents of a small American town. Young men from the town go off to fight in the First World War while other members of their families stay home. The joy of reunions when the soldiers return is complicated by the outbreak of illness. Voigt makes the grief and anxiety attendant upon the epidemic palpable in these poems, the emotional power of which makes one almost forget that these are sonnets and that Voigt is quietly ringing changes on a very old poetic form.”

Duration: 1:40:00
Size: 46MB

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