SHAFTSBURY, Vt. - Robert Cotner
of Chicago will be the featured speaker in the Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost lecture series, presented by the Friends of Robert Frost on Sunday, Oct. 10.
will discuss, "Irony and Imagination in Frost's ‘Two Tramps in Mudtime' and ‘Out, Out.'" Both poems center on the act of sawing wood but in radically different ways.
, who met Frost at the poet's Ripton cabin in 1962, has devoted a lifetime to collecting and studying his works.
...A successful senior executive in Chicago's nonprofit community, Cotner has served as executive director of The Salvation Army in that city and has just been named director of development for Shriners Children's Hospital, Chicago.He has been a professor of English and philosophy at Montgomery College in Rockville, Md., and was a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in English at the University of Liberia.His
academic interests include American material and social culture, natural history (with, like Frost, a particular passion for botany) and American intellectual history.
Cotner's talk, which is free and open to all, will begin at 3 p.m. at the red barn at the Stone House Museum
, Route 7A in South Shaftsbury.After the program, everyone will be invited back to the museum for refreshments, a chance to talk with Cotner
and to view the permanent collection, as well as the current special exhibit on "The Flowers of Robert Frost."