Sunday, November 06, 2005

"If You're Majoring in English, You're Majoring in Death"

Former U. S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins (left) says, "If you're majoring in English, you're majoring in death," in an interview on NPR's All Things Considered (06Nov05).

Actually, that's just one idea Collins covered in conversation with Jacki Lyden, but nHumanities found it irresistible.

Collins discussed his new book The Trouble with Poetry: And Other Poems, and he explained that although death is one of poetry's main themes, a second theme--in response to the former--is gratitude.

You can read a couple of Billy Collins's new poems at the NPR webpage.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a great quote! I just stumbled onto this blog and thought I would say hi to everyone in the department. Hope all is well there.

--Shannon Smith