The Catholic Culture Podcast: 133 – Think like a poet

May 25, 2022

In an extensive and erudite interview, poet and translator Ryan Wilson joins the podcast to discuss how the poet makes use of the classical virtue of xenia or hospitality, what poets can learn from translation work, the “romantic turn” (inner vision) and the “classical turn” (communication / craftsmanship) in poetry, the great Latin poet Horace, and more. Ryan performs, in his dynamic style, classic poems by Horace and others, as well as his own poems.

Ryan Wilson is an adjunct professor of English at the Catholic University of America, editor of the journal Literary issues, and visiting professor of poetry in the MFA program at St. Thomas University in Houston. He is the author of three books: the foreign world, a collection of original poems; How to think like a poet; Other Proteus Bound: Selected Translations, 2008-2020. His anthology of contemporary Catholic poetry from Paraclete Press (spring 2023) and another book of original poems are on the way,
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00:00 – Proteus bound

13:09 – Hospitality as a fundamental principle of community, thought and poetry

28:05 – The romantic twist and the classic twist

46:22 – Ryan Wilson, “Xenia”

53:39 – Proteus, Hermes and Orpheus as figures of the poet

1:03:35 – Translation as training for the poet

1:17:47 – Horace’s Latin poetry

2:07:55 – Charles Baudelaire, “The voice”

2:20:00 – How Ryan relates as a Catholic to classical literature

2:27:10 – Ryan Wilson, “Philoctetes”

They left

Proteus Bound: Selected Translations, 2008-2020

How to think like a poet

The unknown world

Literary issues

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