At a time when it can be difficult to look beyond the day-to-day, the arts still allow us to experience other eras, places, and perspectives. A break from immediate concerns in the form of reading, listening, and viewing can be a source of encouragement and hope.
2018 Kluge Prize recipient Drew Gilpin Faust shared her reading of a poem by Seamus Heaney as part of Pause for Art: Creative Moments from Harvard, a video series produced by the Office for the Arts at Harvard intended to offer “beauty, comfort, and connection.” Heaney passed away in 2013 and this reading marked his birthday, April 13.
The poem, a selection from Heaney’s The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles’ Philoctetes, touches on the hope for miracles and justice amidst hardship.
Drew Gilpin Faust is the most recent recipient of the Kluge Prize. The Librarian of Congress will announce the next Kluge Prize winner later this year. Watch this blog for updates, and click here to learn more about the Kluge Prize.