The Poetry Society Annual Lecture with Jan Wagner

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The next Annual Poetry Society Lecture will be presented in Oxford in partnership with New College Oxford, and will be given by the German poet and translator, Jan Wagner.

The Shedding of Skins and Schemes: a voice of one’s own and the voices of others

Jan Wagner is the outstanding German poet of his generation. His lecture, delivered in English, is on influence and the exchange of poetic ideas across borders; of the teachers poets must find for themselves (and then distance themselves from again). Interspersed with readings of some of his own poems, Wagner’s lecture draws on poets such as Rimbaud, Heym and Brecht, Popa, Pound and Hughes, and the poet-translators who have carried their work between cultures. Wagner’s collection Self-Portrait with a Swarm of Bees (Arc), translated by Iain Galbraith, won the Popescu European Poetry Translation Prize 2015. He has translated into German poets including Armitage, MacNeice, Shapcott, Simic and Sweeney.

Tickets are free. However to be sure of a place please book at or tel. 020 7420 9880.

**Please note the venue for this event has changed to The Queen's College, Oxford to accomodate high demand.**


Comparative Criticism and Translation

Creative Multilingualism

Mediating Modern Poetry

Contact name: Oliver Fox

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Audience: Open to all