The Great Poets on Aging
April is National Poetry Month and we are celebrating it with a unique poetry presentation by Peter J. O’Connell, writer, researcher, and former instructor at Yale. Mr. O’Connell will present “What the Great Poets Had to Say About Aging” on Wednesday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m. in the Lamb Room. This event is co-sponsored by Staying Put in New Canaan.
O’Connell dispels the myth that poetry is so often about youth and young love. In fact, he taps the creative genius of some of the greatest poets – among them Shakespeare, Robert Browning and Robert Frost, to address the process of aging and thoughts on the later stages of life. In turn profound, humorous and poignant, the poetry he highlights has volumes to say on the subject. Although the topic centers on aging, this dynamic presentation has delighted audience members of all ages in O’Connell’s past appearances.
Peter J. O’Connell holds a B.A. in English and History from Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. in American Studies from Yale Graduate School. For half a century, he has been a professional writer/editor/researcher and from time to time a lecturer at Yale, Fordham, Bethune-Cookman, UNH, SCSU, and Alberta Magnus, on subjects ranging from the Great books of the Western World to Native American Literature.