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Nicolet College - Earliest Western poetry meets rockabilly Wednesday at Nicolet library


Earliest Western poetry meets rockabilly
March 18 at Nicolet College library

 

Some of the earliest known poetry in Western literature will be read and performed during the next event in the Nicolet College Poetry Series from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, in the Nicolet College Library.

Sapphobilly: Rhythm, Rhyme and Music in the Translation of Ancient Greek and Roman Poetry will feature Dave Mulroy, Professor of Foreign Languages and Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

The event is free and open to the public.

Mulroy describes Sapphobilly as, "the earliest lyric poems in western literature, which were actually popular songs, written with a beat and meant to be sung to the tune of lyres. Modern translations of these poems into blank verse thus utterly falsify their original spirit."

Mulroy has applied his great love of ancient poetry and limited musical ability to compose musical translations of a selection of the most famous lyric poems by the ancient Greek Poetess Sappho and her Roman emulators Catullus and Horace. The style is rockabilly; the words are ancient Greek (in translation); the spirit, universal.

Author of three books of translations of Classical poetry, Mulroy is also the author of the highly regarded War Against Grammar, a plea for the restoration of grammar to its central role in early education.

He's also a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Scholars and recipient of the first Barry Gross Memorial Award by NAS for distinguished service in the cause of academic reform.