Language to Live In is a book of poems ranging in topics from quantum physics and neuroscience to politics, biology, and eroticism. Dr. R. Allen Shoaf will present his fourth book of poetry Saturday, Sept. 14 at 2:30 p.m. in Meeting Room B.
Exploring human sexuality, evolutionary biology, painting, and music, Language to Live In illustrates the author's life-long immersion in the poetry of Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare, Milton, and Whitman. Shoaf defends the conviction that educates and liberates people to share the meanings of their lives with their fellow human beings. He believes that poetry is best able to offer such language.
Shoaf, professor emeritus of English at the University of Florida, is the author of more than a dozen books and nearly 100 papers and reviews. Twice a holder of Fellowships of the National Endowment for the Humanities, he was the founding editor of the prize-winning journal Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He won six teaching awards at UF, including Teacher of the Year.