Thanks again to the Mark Skinner Library. The MSL opened National Poetry Month in Manchester with a bang. They hosted Mich ael Arno witt at a Vermont Hu manities Coun cil event; the venue was provided by the First Congregational Church. Attendees of Tuesday's con cert and lecture enjoyed an even ing of entertainment and education.
Arnowitt, a gifted pianist, is also an inspired public speaker. He transforms what could be a dry subject, studying vowels and consonants and how they work in literature, lyrics and poetry, into two hours of pure pleasure. We will never read poetry again without looking for ways that authors use the sounds and placement of nouns and consonants to enhance the meaning of their work. Arno witt illustrated his lecture with sources as disparate as Joni Mitch ell, George Gershwin, James Joyce, The Beatles and William Shakespeare. Manchester's own, Claire North, read from many of the written sources; her Irish accent served to add depth and drama to the program. Michael Arn o witt has twice before visited Man chester; he spoke about Beet hoven's notebooks in 2012 and Gershwin in 2013. We can only hope that he will return again and will continue to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with us.
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