After a knockout selection of poems new and old, [Wilbur] capped the evening with a bit from his forthcoming translation of Corneille’s The Liar, which will be out in August in a volume that also includes his new translation of Le Cid. Dorante’s long speech from Act Two absolutely killed!
Wilbur was here on May 20 for two events; a discussion with Roger Rosenblatt, and later, for a reading of his poetry. Highlights from both are featured in the video clip above. For Richard Wilbur’s observation on the youth today, and how there is “less hopping of freights [trains], less everything outdoors...and more Twittering and all that,” you can skip to the 3:15 mark.