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Published on Nov 20, 2012
CHATTERTON LECTURE ON POETRY
Edward Lear's Lines of Flight
Dr Matthew Bevis
Thursday 1 November 2012, 6.00pm -- 7.15pm followed by a reception Venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH
'Verily I am an odd bird', Edward Lear wrote in his diary in 1860. This lecture examined a range of odd encounters between birds and people in Lear's paintings, illustrations, and poems. It considered how his interest in birds -- an interest at once scientific and aesthetic -- helped to shape his nonsense writings. Dr Matthew Bevis suggests that poetic and pictorial lines of flight became, for Lear, a means of exploring the claims that art might make on our attention, and the insights that this attention may foster.
About the Speaker Matthew Bevis is a Lecturer in English and a Fellow of Keble College at the University of Oxford. He is the author of The Art of Eloquence: Byron, Dickens, Tennyson, Joyce (2007), Some Versions of Empson, ed. (2007), and Comedy: A Very Short Introduction (2012).