Celtic Fest preview lecture

Connections between Burns' poetry & Dylan's songs

As the opening event of this year’s San Marcos Celtic Fest, the public is invited to join us for an evening of poetry, music and good conversation with Texas State University Professor Emeritus of English Dr. Paul Cohen, as he explores connections between the poetry and songs of Robert Burns and Bob Dylan.

Without necessarily knowing their authorship, most English speaking people are familiar with the poetry of Robert Burns (Jan. 25, 1759 – July 21, 1796) Scotland’s national poet. As we sail through the month of January, we may still reflect on having sung one of Burn’s songs – a staple of popular culture – “Auld Lang Syne,” a tradition of transition from one year to the next.

As we approach February we may be reminded as well of "O my luve’s like," “A Red, Red Rose.” Burns' birthday is celebrated annually in Scotland and wherever Scots live with haggis and whiskey, recitations and songs. Unfortunately short of haggis and whiskey, we will none the less celebrate the influence of Burns and Cohen will talk about not only his tradition of songs for the people, but show how they influenced Bob Dylan, 2016 Nobel Laureate for Literature.

Among his many accomplishments, Cohen has been a Fulbright Fellow, a Minnie Stevens Piper Professor and a National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professor. He has taught many literature and music courses at Texas State, Rutgers University, the University of Baltimore and the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University.

Join us on Saturday, Jan. 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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