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Ode to the Confederate Dead

Ode to the Confederate Dead

Franklin‘s Charge presents:

 A reading of Ode to the Confederate Dead

by Allen Tate (1899-1979)

Read by William Pratt, Professor of English Emeritus at Miami University of Ohio



October 14, 2007  3-4 p.m.

McGavock Confederate Cemetery


Allen Tate, above, was inspired to write Ode to the Confederate Dead in 1926 after a visit to the McGavock Confederate cemetery. It remains, the works of Robert Hicks and Madison Smartt Bell notwithstanding, the most important piece of literature to come out of Williamson County. Allen Tate was one of the Vanderbilt fugitive poets, along with Robert Penn Warren and others, and an adherent of the agrarian movement.


William Pratt has lectured widely at home and abroad, and has given papers at many international literary conferences. This fall he is lecturing on Irish literature in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt.


It is suggested that visitors bring a chair. For more information contact Stacey Watson at 615-595-0636.