When tragedy strikes, we often comfort ourselves by saying "everything happens for a reason," and while the veracity of this statement in life is debated, it is always true in good literature. Every word is working toward building character, plot, setting, or layers of meaning. In this episode, Carl Phillips, poet and professor of English at Washington University, explores how life influences the creation of his poetry and the reoccurence of faith in his new collection, Silverchest. Timothy Moore, chair and professor of classics, then takes us back to ancient Greece where, even two thousand years ago, they searched for meaning in their lives and literature.
In addition to the interview, you can find a reading selection from Silverchest and a reading list based on the episode below.
For Further Reading:
Silverchest by Carl Phillips; The Complete Greek Tragedies, Vol. 1-4 by University of Chicago Press; The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James; The Histories by Tacitus; The Complete English Poems by John Donne; The Poetics by Aristotle