New Poetry Series for National Poetry Month: “Encountering the Sonnet” at the Belfast Free Library

Posted March 16, 2012, at 11:38 a.m.

Tuesday, March 27 to Tuesday, April 24, 2012; 6:30 p.m.

Location: Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street, Belfast, Maine

Contact: ; 207-338-3884


In celebration of National Poetry Month the Belfast Free Library announces a new Poetry Series, “Encountering the Sonnet”. This four part series, which begins Tuesday March 27th at 6:30 pm, will be an exploration of versification, the various kinds of sonnets written by famous and not so famous poets and we will even attempt to create our own poems.

The sonnet, known for its 14-line length, was immortalized by Shakespeare and is the longest-lived poetic form. Each week we will focus on a different theme– the verse form itself, love, death, and nature.

The series will be facilitated by Juliet Baker, a local resident who teaches literature courses at Senior College and who facilitated last summer’s Library book discussion on historical mystery novels. Having retired to her home in Northport after thirty years of teaching and heading the English department at The Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts, Juliet and her husband, Paul Mazur, are thrilled to be living here! An avid poetry enthusiast Juliet promises to make this series illuminating and inspiring.

The series continues three Tuesdays in April: April 3, 17 and 24, all at 6:30 pm in the Abbott Room of the library.

The series will use as a starting point of study, “The Making of a Sonnet: a Norton Anthology”

edited by Edward Hirsch and Eavan Boland.

Hirsch states in the introduction to the book that the sonnet serves “as a small vessel capable of plunging tremendous depths. It is one of the enabling forms of human inwardness. The sonnet is a form with a past. It has seen all kinds of “pretty rooms”…it puts love on a pedestal (and takes it down again)…The history of the sonnet is the history of its creations, its revisions and modifications, its creative destructions….”

All are welcome to come explore with us! Please pre-register at the Main Circulation Desk or call 338-3884 ext.10. Reading materials will be handed out at the first session.