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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

Breath in Poetry

12th March 2019, 18:00 to 19:30, Palace Green Library, Professor David Fuller

A free public talk by Professor David Fuller, Professor (Emeritus) of English Studies and Researcher on the Life of Breath project, to accompany the exhibition currently running at Palace Green Library.

Poetry is not merely words on paper. For many poets it is about the breath – human breath, the breath of Nature, the breath of God – and how the presence of breath in their performance brings their poetry to life.

This talk will compare Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Walt Whitman’s readings of their own works to T. S. Eliot’s ideas about the music of poetry, and to the performance of poetry by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his contemporaries.

David will also delve into Charles Olson’s ideas on poetic structure (Projective Verse, 1950), and the more elusive ideas about the presence of breath in the structure and performance of poetry by the German poet Paul Celan (The Meridian, 1960).

This relaxed, evening talk will take place in the Courtyard Café and will include free refreshments. Due to limited ticket numbers, please ensure that you book in advance to avoid disappointment. If you have any queries, please visit our website or contact us at

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Research in English At Durham (READ) blog showcasing the the literary research emerging from the Department of English Studies


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Next Event

  • 29th January 2021
  • Title TBC
  • Online (Zoom)
  • Dr Hannah-Rose Murray (University of Edinburgh)