Story posted March 05, 2007
A book of poetry by the late Edward Pols, Kenan Professor of Philosophy and the Humanities, has been published by Bowdoin College.
Remembrance of Things to Come, comprising 21 poems, weaves universal themes of love, loss, joy and longing into biographical perspective into the deep waters of philosophy and war.
Snapshots of the the poet's life are framed with images of music and art, as the reader is taken on a journey through the curling lanes of the Italian countryside with Pols the young soldier, and twenty years later, Pols the scholar.
Pols taught at Bowdoin from 1949 until 1988. In addition to poetry, he wrote many original works in philosophy, including six books: The Recognition of Reason, Whitehead's Metaphysics, Meditation on a Prisoner, The Acts of Our Being, Radical Realism and Mind Regained. A seventh, On Rational Agency, was completed weeks before his death in 2005.
Remembrance of Things to Come includes an introduction by Franklin Burroughs, Harrison King McCann Professor of English Emeritus, who taught at Bowdoin from 1968 to 2002.
Publication of the book was funded by Bowdoin. Proceeds will go to the Edward and Eileen Pols Scholarship Fund. Remembrance of Things to Come is available at the campus bookstore.