Monday 4 April 2016 (7:00 - 8:15 pm - Open to all)
Title: How to Read a Poem in a Non-Traditional Way
Speaker: Akram Najjar
Readers are often encourage to "interpret" a poem. This is faulty as it implies a poet "hides" meaning in a poem waiting for a reader (or a critic) to unravel or interpret these meanings. Nothing could be farther from literary practice. Writers (Poets) fall under one practice: they apply literary transformations to literary components to arrive at a literary form: a poem, a play, a novel. (This also applies to music or cinema - just replace "literary" by "musical" or "cinematic").
The literary components include many devices that are not usually addressed by regular readers. These usually identify with the traditional view of a poet as a "center of feelings" dying to get rhymed. The talk concentrates on 4 areas:
Akram Najjar is a graduate of AUB in Physics and Mathematics (1966). In 1969, he completed a degree in Electronic Engineering in University of Hertfordshire, UK. His professional life was spent in Information Technology. When he was 11 years old he was sick for 6 months. His mother Souad introduced him to Classical Music, which became a life long love. (Later on joined by Rock and Jazz). This ordeal taught him how to read. From Greek Mythology, he learnt to love literature and philosophy, two subjects that he pursued all his life.