October 22, 2001

Contact: Sarah Ray
Posted: October 22, 2001

MIDDLEBURY, VT - Described by W.H. Auden as "exactly the kind of critic every poet dreams of finding," Christopher Ricks will examine the poetry of Bob Dylan at Middlebury College's Robert A. Jones House on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. The Jones House is located on Hillcrest Road, off College Street (Route 125) on the College campus. The talk, titled "Dylan the Rhyme-Schemer," is free and open to the public.

Ricks, professor in the core curriculum at Boston University, is editor of "The Oxford Book of English Verse" (1999) and has published monographs on the works of John Milton, Alfred Tennyson, T.S. Eliot, A.E. Housman and Samuel Beckett. His reviews in "The New York Review of Books" and the London-based "Times Literary Supplement" have examined authors from William Shakespeare and John Milton to Emily Dickinson and John Updike. In addition to editing and interpreting literary works, Ricks has written studies of such topics as "Keats and Embarrassment," and "T.S. Eliot and Prejudice." Presented with an honorary doctorate of letters by Balliol and Worcester Colleges of Oxford University - two of the institutions where he has taught - Ricks was hailed as "a critic of great candor, a man admirable for learning, unsurpassed in judgment, and unmatched in acuteness," and cited as "one who opens up paths for us into our own literature."

His talk "Dylan the Rhyme-Schemer" will be illustrated with selected verses and melodic snatches from the works of Bob Dylan, the 60-year-old singer-songwriter who some have credited with "writing the sound track to the '60s."

Ricks' talk is sponsored by two Middlebury College organizations - Atwater Commons and the department of American literature and civilization. For further information, call 802-443-3310.